Already, the yet to be launched drone technology has started saving lives and people have started touting the initiative as laudable.
Charles Coffie, 44, a driver in the Eastern Region is one of such persons. He recently heaped praises on the government and Zipline’s yet to be launched drone technology for helping to save his life at the New Tafo Government Hospital.
The grateful driver benefited from the technology after a drone successfully flew blood to the hospital to be used by the doctors to save him while receiving treatment at the facility.
“I was seriously bleeding after my operation so my family members were informed that I needed blood immediately and this drone saved me. And I think it is a good initiative,” Mr. Coffie said in an interview."
He stated that he owes his life to that drone which delivered two pints of blood on Monday.
“I’m really surprised because during the surgery there was no blood around and that was the moment I needed blood the most. The drone-delivered blood from Korle-Bu and I’m really happy because if not for that drone, I would have died. I’m really grateful to the government for bringing in such a good initiative which will go a very long way to save more lives”, he added.
Mr. Coffie recounted the incident about when some journalists toured Zipline Ghana’s distribution centre at Omenako near Suhum in the Eastern Region and the New Tafo Government Hospital where some of the drones were being tested.
His younger brother, John Abah, was also elated about what they described as a miracle.
“Without that thing which brought the blood yesterday like my brother would have been no more. Look at him in bed laughing and looking at me now as I do same. So why can’t I be happy? Everyone here was scared when we were told he needed blood. We didn’t eat, we didn’t sleep, so when the drone finally delivered the blood and it was administered to him we became relieved and happy as a family. We want the government to bring more drones so that relatives of others can be saved”, Abah remarked.
The Medical Superintendent at the New Tafo Government Hospital, Dr Kobina Awotwe Wiredu, also emphasized the Zipline drone technology system would greatly impact procedures.
Dr. Wiredu was speaking to journalists who toured the drop zone at the hospital where vaccines would be delivered by drones.
And said the maternal and child health indicators would see noteworthy improvement once the whole country is covered by the drone services.
“With regards to the distribution centre or zones, the whole country would be covered. Once the whole country is covered with this drone technology, I am very optimistic that we would have a great improvement in our maternal and child health indicators,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to launch the drone delivery services today, Thursday.
The $12.5 million contract would enable the government to fly blood and other health essentials to needy areas.
Zipline expects to be running over 150 flights per day from each of its four distribution centers nationwide once in full operation.
The absolute topnotch service will use drones to make on-demand and emergency deliveries of life-saving medications to over 2,000 health facilities across the country.
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