The Kaduna state government will be the first subnational in Nigeria to begin delivering medical supplies by drones to remote or hard-to-reach areas before the end of this year.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai who made this promise during a conversation with the media, assured that the first delivery site will be located in Pambegua and that the building is already completed.
According to him, Kaduna state is still in discussions with security agencies and aviation authorities to obtain authorization before the deployment of medical refueling drones.
El-Rufai also revealed that Zipline, the US-based company that will operate the service, is already training citizens of Kaduna state in Ghana to use drones.
The governor said that apart from the Pambegua delivery site, the drone delivery service will operate at two other sites, covering the entire state.
“The drones will deliver medical supplies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from three distribution centers,” he said, adding that “each center will be equipped with 30 drones.”
According to El-Rufai, the drone service can provide medical consumables such as essential drugs, blood and vaccines to more than 1,000 health facilities serving millions of people in Kaduna state.
“Bottlenecks like bad roads, expiration of products due to overstocking, unavailability of medical products in health facilities in an emergency and products that do not reach remote areas, will all be minimized when the Zipline installations start working, ”he promised.
It will be recalled that the Kaduna State government and Zipline signed a memorandum of understanding in February 2021 to revolutionize the supply of medical consumables to health facilities and the response of medical personnel to emergencies.
KDSG had promised to overhaul medical supplies, together with Zipline which operates the world’s largest medical drone supply facility in Ghana.
The government has pledged that the use of the technology is part of the Kaduna State government’s bold vision to use drone delivery to establish universal access, seven days a week, to life-saving and essential medicines. most of its citizens over the next few years. . ”
The Kaduna state government has pledged that Zipline will also create jobs, in addition to providing the immediate benefits of reducing deaths and expanding access to routine and emergency supplies of consumables. medical.
“A lot of people in the community will be employed by Zipline. The company will only look outside where there is no workforce available within the community, ” he added.