Operators of Zipline to begin operations by second quarter of 2019

Operators of Zipline to begin operations by second quarter of 2019

The operators of Fly Zipline Ghana have revealed that the company would soon begin operations of using drone technology.

Operators said, by the second quarter of the year, it would commence delivery of blood and other essential medicines to health facilities within the country.

This latest information was made known to journalists by the Head of Systems Integration of Zipline Ghana, Daniel Marfo during a facility tour of Zipline in Rwanda.

Operators of zipline to begin operations by second quarter of the year

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It will be recalled that in 2018, Parliament gave approval for the company to operate in the country in a bid to improve health care delivery across the country.

Though the cost details of Zipline’s operations in Ghana are unclear, the Ghana Health Service indicated that the project cost per service delivery of $17 is lower than the purported cost of $22.7 per delivery in Rwanda.

The Fly Zipline contract will run for four years and $88,000 would be used per distribution centre per month when fully deployed.

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Zipline is also guaranteeing an average emergency delivery time of less than an hour and at least 150 flights daily.

The drones would operate 24 hours a day from four distribution centres which would stock 184 life-saving and essential medical supplies.

The first facility will be built in the Eastern Region and will have the capacity to supply blood to some parts of Ashanti, Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions.

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The Minority in Parliament consistently criticised the agreement describing it as a rip-off.

It also said operating the services will cost the state $145,000 dollars monthly at each distribution centre.

NDC National Women's organiser, Hannah Bissiw, also took a swipe at the 'drone for blood' initiative.

According to her, the drones which would be used to carry the blood and other medical supplies would be used to take videos of women when they are taking their baths.

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