President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged opposition to avoid politicizing his national development initiatives.
Speaking during a tour of the Ashanti region, Mr. Akufo-Addo blasted critics and their misleading statements about the medical drone services at the official launch of Ghana’s newest medical drone delivery base in Mampong City.
He expressed concern about remarks he said attempts to downplay the drones ‘ effectiveness in providing medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas of Ghana.
“We can all see how impactful this service has been. We cannot afford to play politics with everything in this country. The incessant politicization of all issues does no credit to Ghanaian politics.”
With funding from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UPS Foundation, Pfizer and other supporters, Zipline, a California-based robotics company, runs the medical drone delivery system.
Like the Omenako plant, the Mampong project uses drones to distribute 12 regular and emergency vaccines as well as 148 blood products and essential medicines on-demand and emergency deliveries.
Ghana’s Extended Immunization Program (EPI) will provide Zipline with Gavi-supported delivery vaccinations, including Yellow Fever, Polio, Measles & Rubella, Meningitis, Pneumococcal?Among others, Diphtheria & Tetanus. EPI will also exploit the delivery service of Zipline for future nation mass immunization programs.
The system will run seven days a week to provide up to 500 health facilities in the area of Ashanti. Immediately thereafter, the third drone delivery base will start later this year and the fourth.