Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned two drone distribution centres for Zipline Ghana at Anum and Kete Krachi, bringing the total of the centres in the country to six.
The purpose of the two new centres was to swiftly deliver vital medical supplies to health facilities in the Afram Plains and hard-to-reach communities in some parts of the Volta, Eastern, Oti and Savannah Regions.
Speaking at NyagboSroe in the Afadjato South District of the Volta Region, Dr Bawumia said the decision to implement the use of drones in the health delivery system, was to address emergencies in the health sector and provide essential medical supplies to hard-to-reach communities.
He said the centres have lived their purpose as they have saved many deaths, particularly expectant mothers.
The Vice President said ardent critics of the Zipline project had come to terms with the benefits of the project which include speedy access to essential medications to treat victims of snakebites and Covid 19 in the hinterlands.
“From Omenako to Mpanya, Vobsi to SefwiWiawso, and now Anum to Kete Krachi; Zipline drones have been almost everywhere, bringing healthcare closer to the people. The challenges of travelling for vaccine inoculation and the delay in vaccine delivery have been resolved”, he added.
He disclosed that at the end of February 2022, Zipline Ghana had delivered more than 2 million life-saving medical supplies to health facilities in the country and saved hundreds of lives.
“Aside these, other medical supplies like blood, anti-snake venom and PPEs have been transported with ease to government health facilities within the period”, he added.
Dr. Bawumia also hinted that the centres have employed over 300 Ghanaians adding that Ghanaian staff are at the forefront of Zipline expansion to Nigeria, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire.
Vice President Bawumia thanked the leadership and staff of the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and other key stakeholders in the health delivery sector for their continued dedication and patriotism, especially in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.
The Country Manager of Zipline Ghana, Naa Adorkor Yawson, disclosed that the company serves 2,300 health facilities in 147 districts in 13 regions in the country.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD