After a voting process held in Parliament on Tuesday December 11, majority of MPs voted for the approval of the medical drone project.
The deal will see a collaboration between the Ghana Health Service and Zipline Int. Inc. to deliver blood and other medical equipment to medical facilities especially in rural parts of Ghana.
The approval came amid concerns raised by various section of Ghanaians with some deeming the $12 million deal too expensive while others claimed a 'poor' Ghana was not ready for such service considering other pressing medical matters.
102 Members of Parliament who are mainly from the ruling NPP voted in favor of the deal while 58 mainly from the opposition NDC voted against the deal.
According to a government communique on the deal, the system will not only deliver medical items but other items such as urgent letters, examination papers and election materials.
Meanwhile the Ghana Medical Association is out with a statement calling on government to suspend the deal since the proposed services to be provided by the drones did not conform to the existing primary healthcare policy in Ghana, where different levels of care have different capacities to perform different functions.
“The GMA is not against the use of technology to improve healthcare in the country. However each single intervention proposed in this direction should not be seen as a panacea to solving our healthcare problems but rather as an augmentation to existing efforts.” the statement said.
Furthermore, the GMA noted that the use of drones without the necessary improvement in the human resource capacity would not inure to the benefit of the country in its quest to improve healthcare delivery.
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