Cross River Government is set to deploy digital medical drones to hard-to-reach areas of the state to supply drugs and other medical essentials to such areas.
To this effect, the government is partnering a drone delivery company, Zipline.
Speaking, yesterday, during the signing of memorandum of understanding with Zipline officials in Calabar, the state governor, Governor Ben Ayade said Cross River was playing a special role in the heath sector, stating that “in 90 days, we will start the delivery of essential drugs to hard-to-reach areas facilitated by drone delivery systems.”
Assuring Zipline officials of necessary support to carry out their assignment, the governor said: “I want to thank the entire team, I want to thank you for your commitment to this course and we are here to provide you all the necessary support to see that you start on a strong footing.”
He expressed optimism that going forward, Zipline will be a major stakeholder in quality healthcare delivery, especially 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 your expertise will really be needed around that area 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 able to do 30 minutes per package,” Ayade said.
Zipline’s Senior Vice President, Daniel Marfo, commended Governor Ayade’s strides in the health sector and pledged his company’s commitment to sustaining the tempo.