Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has commissioned Ghana’s third medical drone delivery centre at Vobsi in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region.

This is to improve healthcare delivery, especially, in hard-to-reach areas in the region and beyond as they would use drones to make on-demand emergency deliveries of vaccines, blood products and life-saving medications to over 500 health facilities in the five regions in the North of Ghana.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra quoted the Vice President as saying Government’s decision to adopt the revolutionary service of using drones to deliver on-demand, emergency medical commodities was significantly improving access to basic emergency medical commodities by health facilities across the country.

Bawumia commissions Zipline’s third Medical drone centre at Vobsi

The Vice-President recounted stories he had heard of how the Zipline drone delivery service was saving lots of lives in the hard-to-reach communities in Ghana.

“I was recently informed about one Doctor Issabella Amese, a Medical Superintendent at the Baptist Medical Centre, Nalerigu who urgently needed four units of FFP O-units as late as 0321 hours to save the life of a woman who was in critical condition. The hospital was in short supply and the only hope for survival was Zipline.

Thankfully, Zipline got the necessary clearance from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to fly this product at that time from this very distribution centre (Vobsi) to the Baptist Medical Centre. Today, this woman is alive and doing so well.”

Bawumia commissions Zipline’s third Medical drone centre at Vobsi

He said the drone delivery service was boosting the morale of health workers across the country.  

“There are lots of stories, where our health professionals have openly testified how this single technology has boosted their morale, knowing very well that even in very difficult moments, like shortage of blood products during emergencies, Zipline will be available to deliver just in time.”

The Vice President reiterated government’s commitment to investing in the healthcare delivery system and tasked the Ministry of Health to ensure that the e-services of Zipline was expanded to reach all parts of the country by next year so as to ensure that no one was left behind in the provision of basic healthcare needs of Ghanaians.

Bawumia commissions Zipline’s third Medical drone centre at Vobsi

“… It’s important that we speed up this discussion to cover the entire country, especially the hard-to-reach areas, with this service so that we do not leave any community behind.”

Dr Benard Oko-Boye, the Deputy Minister of Health, expressed his delight on how Zipline’s drone delivery service was drastically helping to reduce referrals that were based on the non-availability of medicines.

He said the reduction of the referrals was freeing many more beds in the referral hospitals and for that matter reducing the no-bed syndrome in those hospitals.

Bawumia commissions Zipline’s third Medical drone centre at Vobsi

The Deputy Minister said the significant partner between Government and Zipline in the fight against COVID-19 where Zipline delivered COVID 19 samples via medical drones to test centers had placed Ghana as the first country in the world to use the technology in times of the pandemic.

According to him, the partnership was also very instrumental in speeding up the testing regime thus saved lots of money for districts that were very far from the COVID 19 testing centers.

Dr Oko-Boye commended Zipline for its effort in organizing regular blood drives within their operational areas to support the National Blood Bank.  

On his part, the Managing Director of Zipline Ghana, Daniel Marfo, expressed his appreciation to all partners and donors to the project and believed the effort of Zipline was yielding significant results as the number of requests for deliveries keep rising by the day.

“This technology, no doubt, is saving lots of lives; demand for our services is rising by the day. On our end, we remain committed to our side of the contract by continuing to save lives when it matters the most.”