Residents of Afram Plains are the latest to benefit from drone services of medical supplies and consumables as Zipline made its first delivery there beginning with Ekye.
The area is one of the highly inaccessible areas in the Eastern region due to its poor road networks so the delivery to the community within the Kwahu Afram Plains South District gladdened the hearts of many people.
It was not surprising that health workers, police officers, residents and local authorities converged at the field of the Ekye Health Centre to witness the delivery of the medical supply.
Ekye is on the list of the several deprived and hard-to-reach communities in the Afram Plains.
Emergency cases here are usually referred to the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital which is about two hours away.
With the drone service now extended to the area, there are high hopes that referrals to bigger health facilities due to unavailability of essential medicines, would be significantly reduced.
Making another milestone with the delivery, Zipline records a first with its drone service delivering drugs across a water body.
It took about 45 minutes to deliver supplies from the Zipline Centre at Omenako.
The Kwahu Afram Plains South District Director of Health for the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Joana Amankwah, said, “the inclusion of Ekye into the operations of the Zipline Medical Drone service as a great relief.”
She further described it as “a game changer as far as responding to emergency cases was concerned” considering “how challenging it has been over the years in handling emergency cases.”
She revealed that transportation has been a major problem for the area in dealing with emergency cases in the area and is hopeful other areas would also benefit from the service in due course.
The Systems Integration Lead at Zipline Ghana, Naa Adorkor Yawson, said Zipline was committed to serve all communities in the area.
According to her, "we are hoping there will be daily requests because it is one of the hard-to-reach areas."
Already, the drones have been delivering medications and blood to quite a number of communities including Asamankese, Suhum, Awenare, Mangoase, among others.
She said Zipline was working tirelessly to plot more flight routes as part of its commitment to deliver drugs to hard-to-reach areas.