A partnership between the UK aid and Gavi the Vaccine Alliance is supporting Ghana to use Zipline drones to collect COVID-19 test samples from across the country.
A statement issued by the British High Commission, in Accra, which was copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, said this world-leading technology had also increased the country’s ability to deliver immunisation kits and vaccines for diseases, such as yellow fever, polio, diphtheria, and measles.
Already Coronavirus test samples have been collected from more than 1,000 health centres in rural areas across Ghana and taken to laboratories in Accra and Kumasi.
The drones also return Coronavirus tests results and deliver medical equipment and supplies.
“Together, the UK government and Gavi, alongside the Gates Foundation and the delivery company UPS Foundation, have funded Zipline’s drone stations,” the statement said.
“Often in hard-to-reach areas, these stations allow health experts to safely collect test samples and deliver these to one of Ghana’s testing laboratories”.
The transportation of samples and test results in just hours helps to limit the spread of the disease and accelerates case management.
The mode of transportation also limits the exposure of health workers to the virus.
The statement quoted Mr Iain Walker, British High Commissioner to Ghana saying, “It is only through global collaboration that we will overcome this global pandemic. The partnership between UK aid and Gavi is an example of this collaboration in action.