Medical delivery drones cause health row in Ghana

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The Government’s decision to buy drones in Ghana has sparked debate among officials on the practicality of the investment.

Authorities have said the drones were purchased to enable blood and essential medicine delivery nationwide.

According to the BBC, some MPs have said that they want more to be spent on clinics and ambulances instead of what they call a high-tech vanity project.

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However, government minister Pius Enam Hadzide opposed the criticism and said how the plan south to improve healthcare.

The report went on to detail how the Ghana Medical Association called for the immediate suspension of the drone deal.

It argued that it would not solve the country’s health problems and needed to be tested on a trial basis first.

However, the scheme was subsequently approved along partisan lines by 102 votes to 58, and is set to be implemented next year.

US firm Zipline International, will be paid £9.5m to deliver the service for four years.

CDP reported on the firm’s work in Rwanda earlier this year.

Read more on that story here:

Zipline enters new territory with ‘world’s fastest delivery drone’

 

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