One of Ghana’s four distribution centres of medical supplies through the use of drones would be established in Wulugu, in the West Mamprusi District of the North East Region of Ghana.
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The new technological service according to the Ghana Health
Service (GHS) would serve 95% of the Ghanaian population when completed with
fast and record time delivery of blood and other essential medical supplies.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia launched the service at
Omenako in the Eastern Region last month
The service according to government, is a collaboration
between Ghana’s Ministry of Health and Zipline Technologies and will use drones
to make national-scale, on-demand emergency deliveries of 148 different
vaccines, blood products, and life-saving medications.
The service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
from 4 distribution centers—each equipped with 30 drones – and deliver to 2,000
health facilities serving 12 million people across the country.
Speaking in Bolgatanga at a forum to showcase the successes
of CHPS in Northern Ghana, Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr.
Anthony Nsiah-Asare disclosed that one of the four distribution centres to be
established across the country would be sited in Wulugu to serve the Northern
part of the country.
“There is no reason why we should have people die out of snake bites in one particular district when Upper East is having Anti-snake serum and the Upper West which is just next to Upper East doesn’t have and it takes the Minister to come here and Upper East would tell him we have some Anti-snake in the stores. In addition to that we also believe that there are some of the commodities that you don’t have to even put in the medical stores. We will distribute them at the drones distribution centres. We finished the Eastern region, Omenako center which will serve about 500 communities in the Eastern region, Greater Accra, parts of Volta region, parts of Asanti region and part of central region. They are moving to the second distribution centre at Asante Mampong which would serve Asanti region and part of Bono. The third distribution centre would be in Wulugu which would serve all this area” he disclosed.
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Dr. Nsiah added that the total number of centres would be
stepped up to six from the estimated four to enable a wider coverage of the
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