Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia praised Ghana's healthcare advancements, particularly highlighting the world's largest medical drone delivery service operated by Ghanaian youth. Speaking at an event outlining his vision for the country ahead of the 2024 elections, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the significance of the Zipline Distribution Centres in various regions of Ghana.
Ghana boasts six Zipline Distribution Centres located strategically across the country, including regions like Eastern, Ashanti, North East, Western North, and Oti. These centres have facilitated millions of deliveries of crucial medical supplies such as medicines, blood, and vaccines to remote areas, operating 24 hours a day.
Dr. Bawumia shared a personal experience of losing his father due to a lack of timely access to blood from a closed blood bank, which fueled his determination to implement Zipline's drone technology in Ghana. He recounted convincing the co-founder of Zipline, Robert Keller, to establish operations in Ghana after a meeting in Silicon Valley, USA.
Prior to the introduction of Zipline's services, hospitals and clinics in remote communities faced challenges in accessing critical medical supplies, leading to unnecessary loss of lives. With the partnership with Zipline, Ghana has significantly improved access to medical supplies, especially during emergencies like snake bites, childbirth, and floods.
The deployment of the Zipline drone delivery service underscores Ghana's commitment to leveraging technology to enhance healthcare delivery and save lives, marking a significant milestone in the country's healthcare system.