The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is calling on the government to do broader consultation on the planned implementation of a policy that will see to the delivery of blood and other medical supplies to remote areas using drones.
Parliament on Tuesday,11th December, 2018, approved the agreement between the ministry of health and a US-based Fly Zipline International to distribute critical medical supplies across the country for four years.
But the GMA in a press statement Tuesday observed the need for a broader stakeholder consultation on the issue to set some fundamentals before the implementation of the policy.
According to the GMA, it is appropriate for them as an Association of Medical Doctors and Dentists, who are stakeholders in the policy to offer their perspective on the matter even though they have not been consulted.
The GMA says it is not averse to the use of technology to improve health care delivery but noted “health should not be politicised, and the health of Ghanaians is critical”.
The association also noted that the technology per se will not be a solution to the health care delivery challenges in the country without an improvement in human resource capacity.
GMA therefore wants the government to immediately consult all stakeholders to see to the success of this project.