President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he will prefer to invest in drones that will provide medical supplies than in guinea fowls that will fly away without a trace.
In an address during an encounter with the media at the Jubilee House, in Accra Wednesday evening, President Akufo-Addo explained that the plan to use drones to supply essential and lifesaving medical supplies will not be borne by the taxpayer.“This programme is not going to be run on the public budget. Corporate Social Responsibility contributions from private sector players will pay for the service.”
“I prefer drones flying to deliver essential medicines to our people than an investment in guinea fowls that allegedly fly off to Burkina Faso without any trace,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He said having paid up the GH¢1.2 billion arrears his government inherited from the Mahama government, he has been able to bring the operations of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) back to life
We are also in the process of launching the world’s largest and most advanced medical drone delivery network. The four distribution centres, from where the drones will be operating, will stock 148 lifesaving and essential medical supplies, and not only blood,” he said.
“The drone delivery service will save lives, decrease wastage in the system, guarantee healthcare access for more than 14 million people nationwide, and employ over 200 Ghanaians.”
President Akufo-Addo added further that “the procurement process will enable every constituency to get one ambulance each in the early part of next year. This will not solve the ambulance problem immediately, but it certainly shows more commitment to finding a solution than we have ever seen.”
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