On Friday, the world’s first national-scale drone delivery service, Zipline announced that in March, it is starting the initial testing and diagnostic flights from its first distribution center in Omenako in the Eastern region of Ghana.
It will begin operation in the 2nd quarter of the year. This service will use drones to make on-demand, emergency deliveries of life-saving medications to over 2,000 health facilities across Ghana.
The Ministry of Health and Zipline have begun briefing the public on the safety and security features of the company’s drone delivery service, in advance of launching its initial testing and diagnostic flights in March.
Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of the Ghana Health Services said “using drones for emergency medical delivery, Ghana will be able to save money and save lives”. “No one in Ghana should die because they can’t access the medicine they need. Drone delivery will help us prevent that.”
He added that, “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health as we begin emergency medical drone delivery in Ghana. “An important part of that process is working with the community and key stakeholders to better understand how the system works and all of the work that’s gone into making it the safest at most reliable service of it’s kind in the world.”
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