Cross River State Government has announced plans to deploy digital medical drones that will supply medical essentials and drugs to core rural areas of the state.
To this end, the government says it is partnering a drone delivery company, Zipline to achieve that.
The State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade made this known on Monday, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with officials of the company in Calabar, the state capital.
Gov. Ayade said the state was playing a special role in the health sector, stating that “in 90 days, we will start the delivery of essential drugs to hard-to-reach areas facilitated by drone delivery systems.”
He added that going forward, Zipline will be a major stakeholder in quality health care delivery in the state, especially when the state owned pharmaceutical company Calapharm, starts running.
Zipline’s senior vice President, Daniel Marfo in his speech commended the governor’s strides in the health sector and pledge his company’s commitment to sustaining the tempo.
On her part, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu reiterated that the drone delivery system is a game changer to deliver medical facilities in real-time.