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Bawumia Lauds Ghana’s Medical Drone Delivery Service

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Dr Bawumia
Dr Bawumia

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced that Ghana has become the world’s largest medical drone delivery service.

According to him, this initiative has significantly improved access to essential medical supplies, particularly in remote and underserved areas of the country.

Speaking during his tour of the Upper West Region, Dr. Bawumia highlighted the transformative impact of the medical drone delivery system.

“Ghana has become the world’s largest medical drone delivery service,” he declared, emphasizing the country’s leading role in leveraging technology to enhance healthcare services.

Introducing medical drones in Ghana addresses critical challenges in the healthcare system, particularly the timely delivery of life-saving medicines, blood supplies, and vaccines to rural and hard-to-reach areas.

Dr. Bawumia recounted a personal experience that underscored the urgency of this initiative. “When my father was admitted to the Tamale Teaching Hospital, we needed blood urgently after his operation. The blood bank was locked, and we couldn’t get the necessary supplies promptly. Unfortunately, my father passed away by morning,” he shared.

Motivated by this experience, Dr. Bawumia pursued drone technology to prevent such tragedies.

He visited San Francisco to meet with Zipline, the company behind the drone technology and advocated for their services in Ghana.

This collaboration installed six drone centers, each averaging 100 flights daily to deliver medical supplies nationwide.

The drones have dramatically improved emergency response times, ensuring critical supplies reach those in need quickly and efficiently.

“They deliver medicines, blood, vaccines, and save lives daily,” Dr. Bawumia noted.

The initiative’s success has positioned Ghana as a global leader in medical drone delivery, an absolute reflection of the country’s commitment to innovative healthcare solutions.

What sets Ghana’s medical drone delivery service apart is its extensive reach and expertise developed by local operators.

“In Ghana, all the people running the drone centers are 100% Ghanaian,” Dr. Bawumia emphasized.

The program has improved healthcare delivery and provided valuable training and employment opportunities for the Ghanaian youth.

Dr. Bawumia highlighted that the success of Ghana’s drone program has garnered international attention, noting that Zipline’s headquarters in San Francisco recruited a Ghanaian to lead a team of drone flight operators.

 

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