The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says that the government’s intention to deploy the use of drones for medical deliveries is extremely necessary.
According to Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, the initiative will allow equal access to health care and blood to every Ghanaian in the country.
“This initiative will help improve health care delivery, sustain patients in emergency situations and serve as first aid to save lives”, he noted.
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Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen Thursday, he noted that the drone service was very necessary because it will save time, money as well as offer better health care to every Ghanaian.
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“The drones will operate 24 hours a day from 4 distribution centres across the country. The distribution centres will stock 184 lifesaving and essential medical supplies including emergency blood and oxytocin to save women’s lives in childbirth. Postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death.
“Emergency medicines for surgeries, severe infections, antivenins and anti-rabies, diabetic emergencies, extremely high blood pressure emergencies.
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Dr Nsiah Asare added that “Ghana’s emergency medical drone delivery service will save tens of millions of cedis by eliminating the need for expensive emergency trips to pick up health care products and by avoiding wasteful overstocking of products at health facilities,” he stated.