Kaduna State Government Commissions Zipline Technology for distributing Medical Supplies by Drone in Pambegua

 Kaduna State Government considered Zipline’s technology of distributing medical supplies by drones as innovative and is in alignment with the state’s efforts to transform its health system.

 Governor Nasir El-Rufai made the remarks at the test flight ceremony of the Zipline’s instant delivery operations for medical consumables and commissioning of the distribution hub at Pambegua this Friday.

Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai explained that by enabling the distribution of needed medical commodities to health facilities, the technology helps to save lives, reduce expense on inventory and warehousing, avoid stockouts and waste from the expiration of unutilized inventory.

The Governor recalled that the partnership between the Kaduna State Government and Zipline was signed on 3rd February 2021, expecting operations to commence   before the end of 2021.

El Rufai then called on the relevant aviation authorities to give their full support to this innovative technology and reiterated that over the last seven years the capacity of Primary Health Care System to deliver better services in Kaduna state have been improved.

The governor added that several secondary health facilities have also received new equipment, more medical personnel have been hired as well as general reforms in the health sector.

Speaking at the event, the Senior Vice President of Zipline in Africa, Mr Daniel Marfor has disclosed that Governor Nasir El Rufai's leadership style was instrumental in the company’s entry to Nigeria.

He further said that the facility    has the capacity to house hundreds of healthcare products, including medicines, routine vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccines.

Mr Daniel Marfor further said that his company’s drone service technology will cover more than 46,000 square kilometres and serving over 8 million people in Kaduna state when all the three distribution centres are working.


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