Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has described as a misplaced priority the decision by government to invest in drones for the distribution of medical materials.
The government is set to sign an agreement with Zipline for the use of drone technology to make emergency medical supplies to rural areas in the country.
The deal which is worth $12.5 million was approved by Parliament on Tuesday, despite a lot of questions being raised by certain quarters.
Mr. Agyapong believe the deal is a misplaced priority, since there are more important challenges in the health sector which need to be addressed.
According to him, it doesn’t make sense for government to invest in drone technology when leaders still travel abroad for medical treatment.
“First things first; before you take the drone to deliver the drugs, check the quality of the drugs and the facilities or the hospitals. It is more important to me… Is the drone a priority? I will say no,“ the maverick MP said on Adom TV‘s Badwam show.
“Until we have sophisticated hospitals such that we don’t have to travel to America or South Africa, then you can think of drones.”
The Minority in Parliament has been highly critical of the agreement, describing it as a rip-off and a misplaced priority.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is also not enthused about the deal and has called on the government to suspend it because it does not fit into the country’s existing healthcare policy.
Mr. Agyapong further stated that he does not expect Zipline to make any profits in Ghana given their mode of operations.
According to him, the agreement looks more of a charity gesture being extended from Zipline to Ghana.
“The company bringing the drones has made its mind up that this is charity because it will not get its money back.”
The Assin Central MP said he “would never invest“ his money” in such a venture.
“How much would you make and how many times will you get the opportunity to [launch the drone]. It is not good business for the person,“ he added.
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Source: Yen Newspaper