The debate on drones to fly blood and other medical supplies may have been definitely supplanted by some other, equally disturbing, news and before we are aware, the deal is done and dusted.
That has been our story anyway, it has always been.
Ghana is in short supply of many things including blood and medical supplies but it appears those two commodities are secondary to “brains”.
That is why if you asked me about my views on the “medical drone contract”, I will tell you I approve of drones as a means of carrying brains for distribution and not as a means of carrying blood and other medical supplies.
Perhaps, I should illustrate my point better: Parliament – the people’s representative, has voted on our behalf to approve the contract, fair enough.
Of the many reasons cited by the government on why Ghana needs the deployment of drones to supply blood and other medical supplies, was the claim that a study on the medical delivery system in the country backs the need for a drone system.
Now, this is where it gets to absurd levels: while a scientific study, as a basis for any project, is laudable, the people’s parliament – your representative and my representative didn’t find it necessary to call for such a study, no!
Who does that? I doubt if there is any parliament in the world that will approve such a monumental deal that costs its country’s kitty a whopping $12.5 million over four years without calling for the primary basis on which the approval is being done.
I say these things not because I believe in the existence of any such study but because I am a man who is in a constant pain by, either, the deliberate refusal by our representatives to ask the right questions or their lack of capacity to do so.
If you are reading this and you probably don’t believe in my quest for drones to fly and distribute brains, just pause and google the phrase, “ambulance drones video”.
In that video, you will find that there is a more efficient way to deplore drones for medical purposes where a simple phone call to designated drone centre can help take a patient through the necessary medical procedures.
Just juxtapose that with drones that carry blood and other medical supplies to a village where there are no health officials to administer them and with no storage facilities to hold the blood supplied.
Watch the deployment of an ambulance drone video below:
Do you still think we don’t need drones to fly and distribute brains?
Unfortunately, this is the irony of our time as a country; we have so much money to spend on the wrong things for reasons that God himself above will struggle to comprehend.
This country’s sovereignty resides in the people and if the people’s representatives can’t protect the sovereign people’s interest, then what is left of us in nothing but people who have signed off their rights.
In the meantime, I will want any state official, be it, from the Health Ministry or the Ghana Health Service, to prove me wrong with the existence of any such study and while at it, also tell Ghanaians why they chose drones that fly medical supplies and not one that is an ambulance by itself.