We don’t have information on drones but we’II support any positive investment in healthcare-GMA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has said it is in full support of any investment made in  enhancing the delivery of healthcare in Ghana especially in remote communities.

President of GMA, Justice Yankson in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm said, the association has always advocated for the improvement of service delivery to the people of Ghana in the country.

He said although we have invested in the sector of health, there is more room for improvement.

Mr Yankson stressed the need for the needed infrastructure in all our healthcare centres in order to provide quality delivery to the people of Ghana.

When asked if the GMA was consulted on the use of drones he said, government did not specifically sit with the association but over the years, we have engaged government both formally and informally on best we can improve service delivery in both the cities and villages.

He believes more lives could be saved if we have in place the needed infrastructure to provide essential services to the people of Ghana.

A $12 million contract for the design, installation and operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, for the delivery of medicines and other medical supplies to health facilities across the country has been awarded to Silicon Valley-based logistics company, Zipline International Incorporated

The contract has been awarded through sole-sourcing to Zipline following an approval from the Public Procurement Authority, whose November 16, 2018, correspondence to the Minister of Health and signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, AB Adjei, stated, among other things, that “we also noted the rather strong argument put up by the Service Provider to justify their pricing; indicating that the price offered to the Ministry of Health is comparable to prices for similar operations in other jurisdictions.

But the Minority is accusing Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia of fraudulently and criminally inflating the cost.

According to Minority Spokesperson on Finance Cassiel Ato Forson, the company to execute the project Fly Zipline will be making over 600 percent profit on the deal.

He is alleging the government is going to purchase drones, which should ordinarily cost about 100,000 dollars for 1 million dollars.

But when asked about the cost, Dr. Yankson said they have not sat with government to look at the full contract details and as an association, they cannot speak to things they don’t know.

He disclosed they are making efforts to have a copy of the contract in order for them to either agree or disagree to claims that the cost of the contract is astronomical or reasonable.


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