Ghana will this year, begin using drones to deliver essential medical supplies to health centres in remote communities, says Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Dr Bawumia made the announcement at the opening of the 2018 Health Summit in Accra.
“We are looking at innovative ways to deliver blood supplies and essential medicines to remote areas. As the rains come in, some areas are going to be cut off…I am glad to report that Ghana, this week will be signing an MOU and by September, we will join Malawi and Rwanda with using drones technology to deliver blood supplies and essential drugs [to those hard to reach areas].”
According to the World Health Organization, “severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth is the commonest cause of maternal mortality and contributes to around 34 percent of maternal deaths in Africa.”
Access to prescreened donated blood would save the lives of thousands of mothers in year.
Drones in health
Malawi in July 2017, became the first country in the world to use unmanned aerial vehicle technology to deliver essential medical supplies to rural communities where road transportation challenges exist.