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Northern Region: Record 118 Health projects executed since 2017



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Health projects in Northern Region. Photos: Regional Administration

A total of 118 health projects have been undertaken in the Northern Region the Akufo-Addo government assumed office in 2017.

82 completed and in use

Out of this, 82 of the health projects representing 72% of have been completed and in use.

District breakdown

Gushegu -8, Karaga-7, Kpandai-8, Kumbugu-7, Mion-4, Nanton-11, Nanumba North-14, Nanumba South-7, Saboba-4, Sagnarigu-4, Savelugu-11, Tamale Metro-4, Tatale Sangulu-2, Tolon-11, Yendi-8 and Zabzugu-4


Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu announced this at Minister’s Press Briefing

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Region, through different sources of funding, executed a great number of projects in the health sector.

Categorisation of the projects

The projects range from the constructions of CHPS compounds, health centres and clinics, administration blocks for district health directorates and health institutions, maternity wards, accommodation for health workers as well as the supply of logistics to health facilities.

Impact of the projects


Alhaji Saibu explained that when completed the projects are expected to significantly deepen delivery of quality healthcare at the district level, improve access to healthcare services for all citizens towards ensuring the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Three (Good Health and Wellbeing

8 Agenda 111 projects progressing

In addition, he said eight of the 16 MMDAs in the Region are benefitting from the Agenda 111 projects and the region will also benefit from a Psychiatric hospital.

Districts benefiting from Agenda 111

The MMDAs are Sagnarigu, Savelugu, Nanton, Saboba, Mion, Kpandai, Nanumba South and Kumbungu while the Psychiatric hospital will be located in the Tamale Metropolis.
Alhaji Saibu stated that work on all eight Agenda 111 projects are progressing steadily and when completed, the access to good health facilities and wellbeing of our people would be very much improved.


He noted that these projects when completed are expected to significantly deepen delivery of quality healthcare at the district level, improve access to healthcare services for all citizens towards ensuring the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Three of Good Health and Wellbeing.

Some critical health indicators

Aside of the very impressive achievements in infrastructure in the health sector, Alhaji Saibu said the region also has a good story to tell when it comes to some critical health indicators.

Poor access to good health facilities

According to him, the stuck reality is that access to good health facilities in the region has been very poor to say the least.


0.5% OPD per capita

For example, he said the current Out Patient Department (OPD) per capita in the Region is 0.5%, which is far below the national target of one percent.

He explained that these indicators impact on the Human Development Index and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 337 health facilities existing health facilities

Currently, Alhaji Saibu said 337 health facilities comprising 279 government institutions, 45 private owned, seven mission and faith based as well as six quasi-government owned exist in the region.


Facility By type

By facility type, it is made up of one teaching hospital, 18 hospitals, two polyclinics, 66 health centres, and 205 CHPS zones.
7, 693 health staff

The total number of health staff in the region rose from 4, 967 in 2018 to 7, 693 in 2021.

1:10,901 doctor to population ratio

The doctor to population ratio also improved from 1: 21,692 in 20188 to 1:10,901 last year.


1:369 Nurse to population ratio 

Nurse to population ratio also made some gains from 1: 529 in 2018 to 1:369 in 2021.

1:533 Midwife to women in fertile age ratio 

For Midwife to women in fertile age ratio it also improved from 1:840 in 2018 to 1:533 last year.

Neo-Natal Deaths decline


The Number of deaths during the first 28 completed days per 1,000 live births declined from 10.5 in 2018, to 9.2 in 2021.

Maternal mortality rate

Maternal mortality rate (maternal deaths for 100,000 live births also rose from 35: 100,000 live births in 2018 to 45: 100,000 live births in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and is currently at 34: 100,000 live births

Half year postnatal care within 48 hours

There has been a significant increase in postnatal care within 48 hours which was 55.7 in 2018 and increased to 84.4 in 2022


Half year Malaria deaths

The number of Malaria deaths, half year dropped from 117 in 2016 to 14 this year.

Alhaji Saibu stated that over the past five and a half years, under the able leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Northern Region witnessed remarkable accomplishments in physical infrastructure and human resource development which have definitely improved the lives of the people thereby cementing the vision the President.

According to him, there are clear and tangible results in the Education, Health, Agriculture and Road Sectors, as well as, real improvement in other Social Services such as the provision of potable water and electricity supply to benefit majority of towns and communities, enhanced logistics to our security services, along with the numerous government flagship programmes in the region.


Measles, Polio and other childhood vaccines dispatched to regions



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The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have received the first consignment of Measles vaccines, Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccines and Oral Polio Vaccines.

The Ministry of Information in a statement said distribution to various regions and facilities was underway.

It noted that more vaccines are expected in Ghana in the coming weeks from multiple sources.

“More vaccines expected in Ghana in the coming weeks from multiple sources,” the Information Ministry added.

It shared pictures of the GHS receiving the vaccines at the airport noting that they have already begun distributing them to various regions and facilities.


The ministry also shared photos of regional cold vans picking their consignments of the Measles, BCG and Oral Polio vaccines received and its accompanying logistics at the National Cold Room in Accra.

Ghana ran out of essential BCG and OPV vaccines as a result of the Ministry of Health’s failure to secure procurement of these vaccines since the year began.

The BCG vaccine is primarily needed to prevent the occurrence of tuberculosis in babies, while the OPV is to prevent polio infections

Other essential vaccines to prevent diseases such as measles, whooping cough, etc. are also in short supply.

Answering to parliament on the shortages, Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu said that more than $6 million has been paid to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to deliver baby vaccines.


According to him, the government expects the shortage to end in the next three weeks when all the vaccines are delivered.

Whilst urging the Legislators to approve funds needed for vaccines, he assured that shortages will not reoccur

“The assurance I will give and I can give for the first time in the Chamber is that this will not happen again and I will advise that you help me in my advocacy to get adequate funding for vaccines even the health insurance budget,” he appealed.

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No measles deaths in 20yrs, vaccines arriving soon  



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The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has assured parents of children who are yet to receive their scheduled vaccines due to the vaccine shortage currently being experienced in the country that the country will take delivery of these vaccines in the next few weeks.

He gave this assurance at an emergency press briefing organised to address the raging issue which has seen many worried parents moving from facility to facility in a desperate search for the crucial vaccines.

The Minister in his address stated that the nation is currently facing a shortage of some vaccines.

He said, “it is true we have had some vaccine shortages in the country since the last quarter of 2022. The vaccines in short supply are BCG, Measles-Rubella (MR), and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). This shortage is nationwide.”

Agyemang-Manu however assured that  “the Ministry of Health has been making efforts to ensure we secure adequate stocks of vaccines despite this global challenge.”


He went further to state that, “we have made all necessary efforts to ensure that despite these challenges we secure adequate stocks within the next few weeks.”

He disclosed that the country has not recorded deaths caused by measles outbreak in parts of the country.

The Health Minister indicated that there had been no recorded measles-related deaths in the country in the last 20 years, even though there have been sporadic outbreaks.

He further indicated that besides the shortage of vaccines, there had been a global decline in vaccinations with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019.

He said, “the recent shortage in vaccines for measles, as regrettable as it is, is symptomatic of the steady global decline in measles vaccination since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic.”


Agyemang-Manu however assures the citizenry that the nation’s vaccination coverage remains robust, with immunization performance coverage being among the best in the world.

According to him, “in 2021 we recorded 95% [vaccine] coverage.”

In recent months there has been a desperate scramble among worried parents of toddlers over the apparent shortage of vaccines for the six childhood killer diseases in the nation’s pharmacies and hospitals.

This coupled with an outbreak of the measles-rubella virus has left parents worrying about the safety of their children.


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Ghana: Zipline delivers 14.8m lifesaving medical products



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Zipline, the world’s first and only national-scale drone delivery service has delivered some 14.8 million (14,809,463) units of lifesaving medical, vaccines and blood products to health facilities in Ghana as at the end of 2022

309,000 delivery flights

These items were delivered through 309,000 separate delivery flights.

4.4m units delivered

The total units delivered amounted to 4.4 million.


8.3m doses of childhood vaccines

Childhood vaccines top the list with the delivery of 8.3 million doses.

2.05m doses of COVID-19 vaccines

It is followed by COVID-19 vaccines which recorded 2.05 million doses.

48,588 doses of malaria vaccines


The company delivered 48,588 doses of malaria vaccines during the period

10,875 pints of blood

Some 10,875 blood units were also delivered during the period.

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6 Zipline distribution centers

The six  Zipline distribution centers delivers lifesaving medical, vaccines and blood products to over 2,500 health facilities.


Zipline introduced in April 2019

Ghana integrated Zipline’s medical drone delivery service into its health supply chain in April 2019 with an initial support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UPS Foundation and other partners.

Instant access to health commodities

Zipline enables instant access to hundreds of health commodities for thousands of health facilities across the country.

Autonomous drones


This marked the first time in history that autonomous drones have been used to make regular long-range deliveries into densely populated urban areas.

Zipline reaches half the population

Zipline’s current network in Ghana can reach up to half the population.

Life-saving care

All too often, people requiring life-saving care do not get the medicine they need when they need it.


Reduce medical waste

To increase access and reduce medical waste, key stock of blood products, vaccines, and life-saving medications are stored at Zipline’s base for just-in-time delivery.

Health workers place orders

Health workers place orders by text message or call and promptly receive their deliveries in 30 minutes on average.

Drones deliver the orders


The drones take off from and land at Zipline’s base, requiring no additional infrastructure or manpower at the clinics they serve.

Each drone can carry 1.8 kilos of cargo

The drones fly autonomously and can carry 1.8 kilos of cargo, cruising at 110km an hour, and have a round trip range of 160km—even in high-speed winds and rain.

How Zipline works

Each week, a single Zipline distribution centre – a combination of medical fulfilment warehouse and drone airport – is capable of the on-demand delivery of more than two tonnes of temperature-controlled medicine to any point across an almost 8,000 square mile service area.


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30 to 45 minutes deliveries

Each aircraft can fly 100 miles round trip, in strong winds and rain, day or night, to make on-demand deliveries in 30 to 45 minutes on average.

Zipline’s drones have flown more than five million autonomous miles to deliver more than 1.5 million doses of vaccines, units of blood, and critical and life-saving medications to more than a thousand health facilities serving more than 25 million people across three countries.

Zipline in United States

In the United States, Zipline has partnered with a leading healthcare system, Novant Health, on the country’s first drone logistics operation by a hospital system for pandemic response.


To date, Novant Health has utilised Zipline to make contactless drone distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline medical teams around Charlotte, North Carolina.

Zipline operating in Kaduna and Cross River States in Nigeria

Zipline recently commenced medical delivery services in Kaduna and Cross River States in Nigeria as its footprint grows across Africa.

Set to begin commercial operations in Côte D’Ivoire and Kenya

The company is set to begin commercial operations in Côte D’Ivoire and Kenya this week bringing to five countries in Africa to have adopted the technology.






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