IMF Praises Rwanda over the use of drones for medical supplies

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund( IMF), Christine Lagarde has lauded efforts by Rwandan Government to use drones in the supply of blood and other essential medical supplies to her citizens.

She said in a speech earlier today at the IMF-organised Conference on “The Future of Work in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Accra, that, the use of drones and other technological innovations are essential if sub-Saharan African countries are to take advantage of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is being fuelled by technology.

According to  Mrs. Lagarde, the impending population explosion in Africa, which is expected to make the continent the most populous in the next 30 years, called for the application of technology to create jobs and meet other challenges.

The IMF Boss also complimented Ghana’s efforts in Agriculture by its introduction of the “Farmerline” which helps farmers to grow more and earn more on their produce.

Sub-Saharan Africa successfully harnesses new technologies and creates an emerging vibrant middle class. Right here in Ghana, is Farmerline, an innovative agrotech company”. she stated.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Lagarde’s comments come in the wake of some opposition to the Ghana Government’s plan to employ similar drone technology to supply emergency medical supplies and blood to remote communities, to complement ongoing efforts to make such communities more accessible.

This international recognition of the need to leverage technology to ensure greater efficiency should put to rest any questions about the priority of saving lives through the use of drone technology.


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