Parliament has finally approved the drones-for-medical delivery deal after three failed attempts.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) introduced the deal to help deliver blood and essential medicines across the country, especially to rural communities.
102 MPs voted for the deal while 58 dissented.
The GHS recently described the deal as extremely useful and called on all Ghanaians to support the idea.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, 4th December 2018, the Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare expressed worry over the continuous politicisation of government's novel ideas by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), even when they have little understanding of the matter.
Dr. Nsiah Asare further dispelled rumours that the project is expensive and would cripple the government’s budget. Rather, he said the project cost per service delivery of $17 is lower than what is currently being charged in Rwanda at $22.7 per delivery, and most importantly, would go a long way to save precious lives.
He was emphatic that this drone delivery service will come at zero cost to the government of Ghana budget, stressing that per the current arrangements, the cost will be borne by the corporate sector through their corporate social responsibility obligations.
As is done in Rwanda, Ghana seeks to use a drone delivery network, which will be run by the GHS and the Ministry of Health, to give Ghana the most advanced healthcare supply chain in the subregion.
The drones will operate 24 hours a day from 4 distribution centres across the country. The distribution centres will stock 184 life-saving and essential medical supplies including emergency blood and oxytocin to save women's lives in childbirth. Postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death.
The others include emergency medicines for surgeries, severe infections, antivenins and anti-rabies, diabetic emergencies, extremely high blood pressure emergencies. Read more