Zipline has expanded its service in Nigeria and is working with Cross River State to distribute vaccines, medicines and blood products to more than 1,000 facilities across the state. This partnership is the second for Zipline in Nigeria after a February deal with the state of Kaduna.
Zipline is a leader in the delivery of medical drones on the African continent and established the first nationwide network in Rwanda in 2016. Since then, Zipline has been delivering medical care around the world – often in areas where the lack of robust road infrastructure makes few viable alternatives to drone delivery. Zipline centers not only provide logistics for healthcare, they also create jobs in the communities in which they operate.
In Nigeria, the Cross River State partnership with Zipline will be the first step in bringing medical supplies through drones to the region. “Zipline plans to initially build two distribution centers to provide delivery to more than 1,000 healthcare facilities that serve millions of people across the state. These distribution centers will support the delivery of medical supplies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ”said a press release. “Construction of the first distribution center is expected to begin immediately and be completed within six months of the start date.”
“… The partnership was made possible through the great foresight and collaboration of Governor Benedict Ayade, Dr. Betta Edu, Honorable Commissioner for Health, and Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, Director General of the Primary Healthcare Agency.”