Health Ministry Has Unveiled Plans To Introduce Medical Drones

The Health Ministry has introduced new medical drones that will help in the delivery of life-saving medicine, vaccines, and blood during emergencies.

The system will need health workers to place orders by text message and receive their deliveries in 30 minutes on average.

The commissioner clinical services, Dr. Charles Olaro, told the New Vision that they are engaged in discussions with a number of partners in the process of introducing medical drones. The approach is good and that the discussions were among others exploring the modalities of financing.

“The partner is finalising on how it is going to be financed and be able to see how to pull other partners who can support it,”Olaro said.

Globally, access to essential health products is hampered by the difficulty of supplying medicines from central storage to remotely located patients at the time of need.

The president of Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Ekwaro Obuku, said if the medical drones are introduced they will help to speedily deliver drugs to hard to reach areas especially when there are stock-outs of medicines.

Obuku also mentioned, “The medical drones can be effective, cost-saving and time-saving in quick delivery of life-saving medicines and blood to health facilities.”

Early this year, Ghana inaugurated medical delivery drones in the city of Omenako.
The drones designed by Zipline, a California-based robotics company have benefited 12 million people all over the country.

Up to 600 daily drone flight are made to deliver vaccines, blood supplies and life-saving medicines to 2,000 health centres in remote areas across the country.

Over 2,000 People Received Free Dental And Medical Treatment In Morogoro Region

As a part of a free health services arrangement supported by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (Tika), over 2,000 people from Morogoro region received dental and medical treatment.
People from all walks of life gathered at the Mchikichini A and Mchikichini B Primary schools, where health experts from Tika had camped to deliver free health consultations, testing and treatment.

The responsibility went along with providing support to children in Upanga, where there is a children’s retention home in Dar es Salaam, as part of the Turkish cooperation and support programs to African countries.
Upanga Children Retention home was established in 1962 with the aim of retaining accused children below 18 years old who are in conflict with laws.
The home was established purposely to make sure children are separated from the group of accused adult detention.

Darivs Kalijongo, Upanga Retention home Manager, mentioned the challenges that face the Upanga Retention Home, such as absence of proper programs for supporting children’s behavior modification, and a small budget for fuel to take and collect children from courts located outside the city including Chalinze (Msoga), Bagamoyo, Mkuranga, Kisarawe and Kibaha.

Mr Kalijongo also thanked other partners and good Samaritans from different parts of Dar es Salaam and beyond, including Tanganyika Law Society, WILAC, Ilala Municipal Council and the social welfare committee for their material and moral support to the retention home.

Tika’S Country Director Halil Ibrahim Okur mentioned that Tika decided to provide equipment to the children’s retention home so that the children can benefit and use them for their betterment as they continue with social cultural and education activities in the retention home.

Tika has provided television set and decoders, computers, desks, solar energy, beds and mattresses, renovation of the retention home with pavement and painting of the home for the children.

Tika’S Country Director Halil Ibrahim Okur the agency is performing many projects in other African countries and Tanzania is considered to be important to them.
He said they are executing this project to support government initiatives and showing solidarity.

At present, 10 Turkish dentists are volunteering in delivering health service at Muhimbili National Hospital as part of Tika’s program.