Because of ‘chobo’ your health minister rejected our free drones and medical supplies-US firm to Akufo-Addo

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A United States of America based company, the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association Humanitarian Emergency Logistics Program (MAMA-HELP) has revealed how the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu refused a deal with them, that would have seen the deliver free medical equipment including drones to the country.

The company’s revelation comes on the back of the recently held presidential media encounter  during which Mr. Bismark Brown, host of Atinka TV’s ”Ghana Nie”, enquired  from President Akufo-Addo if he  was aware that the Health Ministry had approached the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA)  in the USA to assist Ghana by building 10 regional emergency  with ambulance each, provide the country with two helicopters for medical supplies all together with unmanned humanitarian vehicles  (drones) for the supply of vaccines and samples in case an outbreak.

Mr. Brown backed his question with a 2015 Ministry Health report prepared by Dr. Afisah Zachariah, who was Director of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation at the Ministry at the time.

However, President Akufo-Addo denied knowledge of the existence of such a report when the question was posed to him but the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, claimed that the move was aborted because members of the MAMA-HELP delegation were not credible.

However, MAMA-HELP in a response to the President barely 24 hours after his media encounter, confirmed that it had plans to offer free medical facilities and medical equipment including drones to the country but the proposal never materialized because “in a letter dated January 31, 2018, from the Honorable Kwaku Agyeman-Manu,

Minister for Health, he rescinded acceptance of the MAMA-HELP Inaugural Luncheon scheduled for February 12, 2018”

The Minister, when confronted with the issue sought to explain the matter away by citing credibility issues with the US based firm.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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