Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has assured that by the 1st quarter of 2019, drone delivery services for blood and critical medicines such as snake serums to health facilities across the country will commence.
According to him, four service points or areas in the country will be set up to ensure that blood and medicines reach any clinic in the country within a matter of 20 minutes.
The vice president who was addressing members of the Ghana Medical Association in Koforidua said government has been able to impress upon the private sector to fund the drone health care delivery service, adding that Ghana is taking a cue from Rwanda which already is using the service.
The move he opined is aimed at bridging the healthcare service disparities between the rural and the urban centres, explaining that the drone healthcare delivery system will facilitate the speedy transportation of basic essential medicine which hitherto are not available at the chip centres.
‘’We have a situation whereby a lot of mothers are dying at childbirth because critical blood supplies are not available. Sometimes it’s just even more difficult even if you had an ambulance , just the distance to travel to those places is very difficult and this is why we are taking a leap from the experience of Rwanda on this issue’’ he explained.
The vice president said experts from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority have already been to Rwanda to study how the drone service operates and that they are ready for the roll out in the 1st quarter of 2019.