Zipline’s fourth medical drone distribution center in the Western North regional capital, Sefwi Wiawso, was commissioned today by President Akuffo-Addo.
This was almost a year after the second distribution center for medical drones was opened at Mpanya in the Ashanti region.
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The launch of the fourth zipline medical drone distribution center, according to President Akufo-Addo, is part of our broader commitment to expanding the reach of this service and to ensuring that access to essential medicines does not leave anyone behind. This means that we now have the world’s largest medical drone delivery operation.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the President noted that while some political figures went so far as to make unfortunate, ill-considered remarks about the drones, the Ghanaian people can all see only within the past eighteen months of its operations how impactful this service has been.
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“I am told that some one hundred and twenty thousand (120,000) medical products from the various distribution centers have been distributed to several health facilities across the country. With this fourth center at Sefwi Wiawso coming on stream, Zipline will be able to serve about two thousand (2,000) health facilities within its range’’, he said.
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Citing the example of one Charles Coffie, a 44-year-old driver in the Eastern Area, for example, who, after experiencing serious bleeding during an operation, was saved by the availability of emergency blood products, the President claimed that “this is the kind of impact we are talking about.”
He also noted that zipline medical drones were engaged to expedite the transport of samples to laboratory centers across the country in the early days of the country’s war against COVID-19.
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The President added, “Ghanaian public life should not give credit to the incessant politicization of all problems.” During emergency cases, when Zipline is called to supply blood products, it does not inquire whether the recipient is an NPP or NDC member until doing so. Health knows no political colors, like many other facets of our national life.
Zipline Is Now Able To Support Approximately Two Thousand (2,000) Health Facilities Within Its Range.
With the fourth Zipline medical drone distribution center coming on-stream, Zipline now has the capacity to support around two thousand (2,000) health facilities within its range.
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The President was pleased that talks with Zipline had already begun with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service and other key stakeholders on the possibility of extending drone services to other deprived and hard-to-reach communities.
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