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COVID- 19: Why We Are Deploying Drones To Deliver Vaccines – El Rufai

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El-RufaiGovernor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna State said the state government has signed a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding with a pri­vate medical group to deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as, drones, to deliver vaccines and other medical supplies to residents of the state.

The governor who dis­closed this in a chat with newsmen said the state gov­ernment took the major step towards reversing the losses to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has cost the state 57 lives, as at Febru­ary 6.

According to statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 7804 persons have been in­fected with the virus in the state while 7467 persons were treated and discharged, 280 cases are on admission.

This method of procure­ment and distribution of vaccines and medications is a novelty in Nigeria pioneered by the state government as other states are reportedly negotiating with the compa­ny to enter a similar working relationship.

The clamour for the com­pany’s services was influ­enced by the success rate of the medical delivery firm, Zipline, which has the dis­tinction of having delivered more than one million doses of other vaccines in Africa over the past year.

The novel delivery of vac­cines and other drugs in Ka­duna is planned to start in the second quarter with 30 drones working full time from three distribution centres.

To accomplish this goal, el-Rufai said the state govern­ment has upgraded 255 prima­ry health centres, installed a pharmagrade warehouse and is recruiting and train­ing 3,000 officers to manage the facilities.

 

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