April 24th, Ghana’s first ever medical drone service took its first flight. This drone is unlike any other. As it holds the world record for the biggest drone in the world deployed for medical service.
The fleet of drones is deployed as ‘Fly-To-Save-A-Life Project,’ which is a partnership between the Ghana Ministry of Health and the Zipline Technologies. It is designed to rapidly roll out medical supplies during emergencies. Especially to areas hard to reach because of poor road access among other factors.
The project will be doing 12 routine drone deliveries of medical supplies and will be on standby for emergency services. They will be operating out of four centers, with just one (the Omenako Service Center) already up and running and the other three set to be completed by the end of 2019.
From the Omenako Service Center, the drones are expected to cover the entire of Eastern Ghana and parts of Ashanti, Volta, Central, and the Greater Accra region. The service will be operational 24/7 and the centers will be manned 100% by Ghanaian engineers, health care professionals, and logistics personnel.
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