The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has said that Ghana will by September 2018 use drones to distribute blood and other essential medicines to remote parts of the country as part of efforts to ensure quality healthcare delivery.
Speaking at the 2018 Annual Health Summit in Accra, the Vice President said the government would sign a Memorandum of Understanding this week to put the technology into effect.
Although Dr. Bawumia did not give details about the arrangement, he emphasized that the government was keen on introducing other innovations to boost the country’s health sector.
In Ghana, the rate of maternal mortality continues to be a major source of worry especially for health practitioners who believe many of the deaths, particularly in rural areas, could be avoided if essential medicines and blood are made available to women in labour.
Rwanda is among the few African countries working with US-based automated logistics firm, Zipline International Inc. to deliver blood and vaccines by drone on demand to patients including women in labour in rural communities.
This is reported to have saved thousands of women from death as a result of haemorrhage during childbirth.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bawumia has also promised that the government has initiated processes to procure 275 ambulances to be distributed to each constituency.
Among other things, he stressed that the government will also recruit up to 10,000 nurses and health assistants through the Nation Builders’ Corps which will be launched on May 1, 2018.