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Drone saga: Gov’t shocked over GMA’s inconsistency

Government says it is shocked at what it describes as the inconsistent position of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) towards the implementation of the drone delivery services.

The GMA on Tuesday demanded the immediate suspension of the medical drone contract accusing government of failing to consult it.

According to the association, although it was not consulted before the drone agreement was signed by the government, it is incumbent upon it to make its views known on the topical issue.

“The use of drones without the necessary improvement in the human resource capacity will not inure to the benefit of the country in its quest to improve healthcare delivery,” The GMA said.

But addressing Journalists in Accra on Wednesday, Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide revealed that the General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson pledged his full support for the roll out of the drone system when he met Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia earlier this year.

“The Vice President announced to the Ghana Medical Association government’s intention to roll out the project as part of efforts to ensure effective healthcare delivery. The Ghana Medical Association welcomed the decision by government and to quote the General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Justice Yankson’s reaction to the announcement and I quote…”Well, as for us as an Association on countless occasions we’ve bemoaned the state of emergency medical service in the country so if efforts are being made by the government to ensure we strengthen that aspect of our healthcare delivery then we say kudos.”

 

“Government is taken aback at the current situation of the GMA when it says and I quote… “the proposed services to be provided by the drones do not conform to the primary healthcare policy in Ghana.”   

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