Zipline Technology, operators of the Drones medical delivery services, is set to open its 2nd operational centre in the country at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti region from September this year.
The company, currently operating as the biggest drone technology in the world from its Omenako Service Centre in the Eastern region, has already acquired and preparing the 2nd centre at Mampong to serve the middle belt of Ghana covering the Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo.
The Systems Integration Lead, Naa Adorkor Yawson, who made this known in Kumasi, stressed that the Mampong site is under preparation.
Naa Adorkor Yawson disclosed also that the company plans to establish two additional service centres at Walewale in the Northern region and Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North region before this year ends.
The objective is to provide timely and cost effective emergency medical supplies to about two thousand healthcare facilities located in particularly hard to reach communities.
She explained that the upscaling plans follow the success stories recorded from the pilot operations which has seen the delivery of particularly cold chain products that has saved many lives especially in the Afram Plains in the Eastern region.
Naa Adorkor Yawson the choice of the service centres location is mainly influenced by strategic geographical area that guaranteess easy access to and and from the service as well as demand as a result of transportation challenges to the health centers.
She disclosed that unlike in the case of the use of ambulances, neither patients nor healthcare managers have to pay for the drine medical supplies delivery services as the cost involved is to be borne by the Ministry Health from contributions by donors.
Naa Adorkor Yawson said Zipline has not taken any money from thw government since its operations began in Ghana but noted that any payment will be dependent on the ability of the company to meet targets set for it by the Health Ministry.