- President Akufo-Addo has launched the first drone at Omenako, near Suhum, in the Eastern Region.
- The launch makes Ghana the second country in Africa to launch drugs via drones
Health workers at the New Tafo Government Hospital have expressed delight at the launch of drones to supply drugs by President Akufo-Addo.
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that this would follow the first official launch of a drug-carrying drone from a launch site at Omenako, near Suhum, in the Eastern Region.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the final drop tests were conducted at the New Tafo Government Hospital and they were successful.
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Per a report by 3news.com, vaccines were dropped at an open space within the hospital by a drone and the medicines were administered to patients.
Medical Superintendent at New Tafo Government Hospital in the East Akim District, Dr Kobina Awotwe Wiredu, said his hospital was chosen due to its sterling record in emergency cases.
He said the several test drops have been successful and a man’s life was saved by blood supply on Monday, April 22, 2019.
The launch centre at Omenako is expected to serve 500 health facilities within 80 kilometres. It is the first of four to be set up across the country.
The technology is expected to target over 2,000 health facilities and estimated to serve 12 million people.
There was intense public debate after Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced in 2017 that emergency medical supplies would be done via drones.
After Rwanda, Ghana will become the second African country to supply medicines via this technology.
An estimated 148 medical supplies including blood will be stocked at the four launch centres to be set up across the country.
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