He said the bank is supporting the initiative because health is one of the five sectors of the Nigerian economy that the bank has committed to and is consistently seeking to improve. The other sectors are education, agriculture, transportation, and renewable energy.
Ukachukwu added that the bank is very proud of the partnership and would be committed to playing its part to deliver on the project, noting that Sterling Bank is playing an advisory and business development roles. He also noted that this is the first implementation of this service in Nigeria and that there are ongoing discussions with other states to adopt the service.
Speaking on the groundbreaking initiative, Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said, “Kaduna State has one of the best healthcare systems in Nigeria. But while we celebrate our successes, we must also recognize that we have much more work to do to create universal access to critical healthcare for all.”
According to him, “This is especially true when it comes to making sure that millions of people in the state have safe and timely access to the best Covid-19 vaccines available. This new emergency drone delivery service is a great solution to deliver vaccines, blood, and other lifesaving products instantly when time is of the essence. It will help ensure that millions of people in Kaduna State will always get the care they need.”
Also speaking during the event, Mr. Daniel Marfo, Senior Vice President at Zipline, stated that where people live should not determine whether or not they get access to medical supplies like the Covid