How medical drone saves the lives of 113 students in Ghana
London, June 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Much has been said about the benefit derivable from Medical Drone .Drones help provide more efficient healthcare to patients from a distance or while mobile and it could be the difference between life and death situation
The truism of that assertion became vivid last Sunday when the timely delivery of medical supplies by a medical drone helped saved the lives of 113 students of the Mangoase Senior High School in the Eastern Region of Ghana
According to the Headmaster of the Mangoase Senior High School, Seth Tawiah Agbesi, the students had suffered acute diarrhoea on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
He revealed that the diarrhoea outbreak occurred after the students ate groundnut soup with rice as their supper on Saturday evening.
The Headmaster indicated that probably the food was not well-cooked, resulting in the diarrhoea outbreak.
He lamented over the lack of a school bus to convey the students to hospital if Zipline medical drone hadn’t been readily available.
According to him, the Health Centre was contacted and subsequently, it was advised that Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) be administered immediately to the students.
But there was no ORS in the school and the health facility at the time, so an order was placed immediately to Zipline Centre at Omenako.
Within 20 minutes, Zipline sent a drone with five boxes of ORS. Each box contained five packs of ORS, giving a total of 125.
Mr Tawiah Agbesi was full of praise to Zipline, saying: “I was very very happy. Really, we have benefited. Initially, I thought it was for big hospitals; I didn’t know it was for those of us in rural areas.”
A teacher at the school, Justice Siaw, who assisted the nurses to receive the medication, disclosed that some of the students visited the toilet about six times and had become pale making it very critical.
He said the situation became severe but the timely intervention of Zipline gave them a sigh of relief.
A Community Health Officer at the Mangoase Health Centre, Bernice Acheampong, revealed that Zipline has been very responsive to their medical needs.
She said, “when we are short of drugs and we order, at once, we get it.”
She explained that “before if it’s emergency and there is no drug, we have no option than to refer the patients to other hospitals, either in Koforidua or Mampong. With the coming of Zipline, our referrals have drastically reduced”.
Until now, she said, referrals were made to hospitals in Mampong and Koforidua on a regular basis.
In most cases, she lamented, motorbikes were used for referrals which takes between 50 and 1 hour travel time.
Roads in the area are in a very deplorable state, making transportation a difficult task.
About Zipline Ghana
It would be recalled that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in April 2019, launched Ghana’s largest medical drone delivery service at Omenako, Eastern Region, to improve medical delivery service in the country.
The service, which is a collaboration between Ghana’s Ministry of Health and Zipline Technologies, would use drones to make national-scale, on-demand emergency deliveries of 148 different vaccines, blood products, and life-saving medications.
The service would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from four distribution centres — each equipped with 30 drones – and deliver to 2,000 health facilities serving 12 million people across the country.
All four distribution centres will make up to 600 on-demand delivery flights a day. Each distribution centre will have the capacity to make up to 500 flights per day.