The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on April, 24, this year, launch a medical drone distribution centre in Ajumako in the Eastern Region.
It is expected to improve the supply chain of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), to ensure secure, reliable and timely deliveries of essential healthcare products to hospitals and other health facilities difficult to reach.
The Director General, GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, made this known yesterday in Accra, at the launch of the Ghana version of Strategic Training Executive Programme (STEP).
It is a leadership and management training mainly for immunisation supply chain initiated by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) in partnership with United Parcel Service (UPS).
Dr Nsiah-Asare said at least three additional medical drone distributions facilities would be established to leverage technology to improve the supply chain of critical medical supplies to save lives.
“These facilities are expected to enhance universal healthcare to every Ghanaian in a timely manner irrespective of the location. And coming next month the President is expected to launch the first facility in a grand style,” he said.
Dr Nsiah-Asare who expressed gratitude to organisers of the training programme, said the training would improve participant’s general skills in people management, communication, project management, problem solving and professional development
The Programme Manager of Expanded Programme on Immunisation of the GHS, Dr George Bonsu, also announced a malaria vaccination pilot project expected to commence next month.
He said four prevalent regions have been selected for the two-year project namely Central, Volta, Brong Ahafo and Upper East.
“This vaccine will require four dose regiments for children between six to twenty-four months of age. After which the exercise would be extended across the entire country,” he said.
Dr Bonsu said Ghana has chalked many successes and has conquered many deadly childhood vaccine preventable diseases.
He mentioned the elimination of Neonatal tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Meningitis, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea as some of the preventable diseases achieved with the help of government and agencies under the GHS.
Dr Bonsu noted that the GHS has also strengthened its health system through provision of basic logistics and equipment which has also contributed to reduction of child mortality.
BY BERNARD BENGHAN