The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that government will ensure that its plan to introduce drone technology to deliver blood and essential medicines to remote parts of the country materializes before close of the year (2018).

He said citizens living in the hinterland also deserve to benefit from quality healthcare.

The Vice President said feasibility studies are complete for the drone medical supplies drop initiative, and this will kick off soon.

Vice President Bawumia was speaking at the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana in Ho.

In a related development, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, has appealed to government to establish a pharmaceutical industry zone as part of its industrialization agenda.

The Society said this will propel Ghana to become a pharmaceutical hub in Africa.

President of the Society, Benjamin Botwe made the appeal during at the 83rd Annual General Meeting in Ho.

He hinted that the society has engaged stakeholders in the industry and has put together a framework for the takeoff of the proposed pharmaceutical industry zone project pending government’s support.

Responding to the Society’s request for an industrial zone, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, who was guest of honour gave the assurance that government has taken the necessary steps to ensure the project is actualized.

He expressed optimism that the project and the removal of trade barriers to inter-regional trade with regards to pharmaceutical products will give local companies the opportunity to take advantage of the vast ECOWAS market.

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