Not a single Ghanaian, irrespective of his or her remoteness, deserves to die due to lack of medical care, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said while launching the Zipline medical drones service in the Eastern Region on Wednesday, 24 April 2019.
“No Ghanaian deserves to die because by no choice of his or hers they are in hard-to-reach areas in this country.
“I am reliably informed of the huge impact the drone technology has made in the healthcare delivery systems in other countries such as Rwanda and I have no doubt that the success will be replicated in Ghana when we start using the technology to deliver critical medical products”, Dr Bawumia said.
“It is, therefore, clear that we cannot reduce this service to the usual politicking because anybody who is dying will not be asked to show their party card before care is extended to them”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has refuted suggestions that the unmanned drone medical delivery system will be used to spy on women in the bathroom.
The National Women’s Organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Hanna Bissiw, a few months ago urged rural Ghanaians, especially women, to reject the drone delivery service because the aircraft, according to her, are fitted with hidden that could be used to take pictures of their nudity in their open-top bathrooms.
However, Mr Agyeman-Manu has assured Ghanaians that the drones do not use cameras.
At the launch of the service, Mr Agyeman-Manu said: “The Zipline drones do not have any hidden cameras. No hidden cameras that should go monitor or spy on people and women when they are taking their bath, as has been put out by some members of those who always argue against the type of dreams that we have and the type of realities that are coming out”.
The minister also emphasised that the routine bulk deliveries of medical supplies will continue unabated while the Zipline service is used alongside to provide essential medical supplies during emergencies.
“It will not replace the regular and scheduled delivery of medicines to our health facilities,” he noted
Mr Agyeman-Manu also allayed the fears of joblessness due to the adoption of the technology-driven intervention.
“No one will lose his or her job. It is our expectation that more jobs will be created,” he said.
Also, the Paramount chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, described persons who work against the progress of the country as witches and wizards, noting that not every Ghanaian is happy about the introduction of the technology.
In his view, therefore, “We need people who are going to be committed”, adding: “That has been the problem of our country – a committed workforce, genuine, sincere people who will work to make this thing work.”