Vice President of the USA, Kamala Harris has acknowledged the contribution of Ghana’s drone medical delivery service in the improvement of healthcare in the country.
The initiative championed by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has seen an efficient and smart way of delivering emergency medical supplies to even remote areas in the country.
Speaking at a Lecture on Tuesday as part of her 3-day visit to Ghana, , Kamala Harris enumerated the significant contributions of the service including the delivery of over 9 million vaccines.
“In Ghana, this service has delivered more than 9 million vaccines including those for Covid-19”. She revealed.
Currently, Ghana has about six active drone centres and two more set to open, to make the country the largest drone delivery service in the world.
In Ghana, Zipline Medical Drone Delivery Service which started in 2017, operates the service targets covering 2,000 health facilities that serve 12 million Ghanaians (of a population of just fewer than 30 million)—from small community clinics and vaccination centers to larger general hospitals.
At the launch of one of the centres in recent times, the Vice President who was passionate about the initiative said “There is no reason why we should have people die out of snake bites in one particular district when Upper East is having Anti-snake serum and the Upper West which is just next to Upper East doesn’t have and it takes the Minister to come here and Upper East would tell him we have some Anti-snake in the stores.
“In addition to that, we also believe that there are some of the commodities that you don’t have to even put in the medical stores. We will distribute them at the drone distribution centres.”