Uganda is on its way to join the many African countries that use drones to make medical supplies.
A drone services company is in talks with the Ugandan government as part of an agreement to deliver blood bags, medicines and medical equipment to public health facilities, a Rwandan official told Reuters on Friday.
Through this agreement, Uganda will join other African countries, such as Ghana and Rwanda, which use drones for the delivery of medical products.
Ugandan public hospitals often face shortages of essential commodities, such as blood, medicine, syringes, gauze and gloves, sometimes due to poor road conditions.
Most small public health facilities in Uganda do not have adequate facilities for storing blood and products often have to be transported long distances in case of emergency. In the past, the Ugandan media reported deaths due to delayed deliveries of blood.
John Goslino, commercial director of Flexdrone, told Reuters that the drone services company set up by a Ugandan and a German wants to launch a delivery service in March if negotiations succeed.
He said the company had already obtained approval from the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, adding that it is only waiting for approval from the Ministry of Health.