PHOTOS: Bawumia inspects ongoing works at third medical drone facility at Kukua near Walewale.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Sunday waded into the debate about the use of drones to distribute blood and other essential medicines to hard-to-reach communities across the country, saying that the technology is a national priority that would save many lives.

He made these comments when he inspected ongoing works at the site for the third medical drone delivery service at Kukua near Walewale in the North East Region.

When completed in January 2020, the facility will host the largest warehouse under the drone programme and immediately serve 60 health facilities, with an expected scale up to 500 health facilities within a 100km radius in the five northern regions by the end of 2020.

He expressed satisfaction at the pace of work, noting that it was another component of the overall effort by Government to make healthcare more accessible to Ghanaians.

“It is not a political issue because everybody who is dying will not ask whether you’re NDC or NPP,” Dr Bawumia stated.

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