Cross River State Government is set to deploy digital medical drones to hard-to-reach areas of the state.
The drones will provide medication and other medical necessities to such areas.
To this effect, the government is partnering with a drone delivery company, Zipline.
Speaking Monday during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Zipline officials in Calabar, the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade stated Cross River was taking part in a unique role in the health sector, pointing out that “in 90 days, we will begin the shipping of vital drugs to difficult to reach areas facilitated by means of drone transport systems.”
Assuring Zipline officials of vital aid to carry out their assignment, the governor said: “I want to thank the entire team, I want to thank you for your dedication to this course and we are here to supply you all the vital assist to see that you start on a strong footing.”
He expressed optimism that going forward, Zipline will be a primary stakeholder in exceptional healthcare transport in the state, in particular when the state-owned pharmaceutical company, Calapharm, starts running.
“When our pharmaceutical company starts running, it will be a major producer of most of these drugs and we believe that your knowledge will absolutely be needed around that region since your delivery time is just about 30 minutes.
We have to have them across the three Senatorial districts to guarantee that from the point of dispatch to the point of delivery, we should be capable to do 30 minutes per package”, Ayade quipped.
Zipline‘s Senior Vice President, Daniel Marfo in his speech speaks highly of governor Ayade’s strides in the healthcare sector and pledged his company’s dedication to sustaining the tempo.
“We are most pleased with your dynamic vision of making sure that Cross River State leapfrogs the tradition and the norms and by taking a step to the future”, Marfo told the governor.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, described the drone shipping system as a game-changer “in making sure that medical supplies, drugs, vaccines can be delivered to healthcare facilities in real-time and in the shortest possible time so that people can get help when they are in need of it.”