General News of Wed, 12 Dec 201810
Health Minister justifies drone delivery health system
Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, has defended the implementation of the newly approved drone delivery health system.
His defence comes on the back of controversies surrounding the introduction of medical drones for distribution of health essentials in emergencies.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) insists drone delivery services are not a priority and demand it is immediately suspended.
It comes few hours after the policy was approved by Parliament.
But speaking on Adom FM’s Morning Show “Dwaso Nsem” Wednesday, Mr. Agyeman Manu could not fathom why the GMA and the minority would gang up against the project.
According to him, the drone deliveries are meant to promote efficiency in the supply of blood and other essential supplies across the country.
He dismissed suggestions government is buying drones for the project.
Rather, government will only pay for the services delivered with the help of the drone.
“If the company [Fly Zipline] makes less than 15 deliveries, there will be no payment. If it is from 15 to 50 deliveries they are paid $11,000 per month. If they deliver 150 deliveries per day they get $88,000 [per month],” he said.