Kisumu County has signed an MoU with Zipline Africa to adopt drone technology in the delivery of medical supplies under the Lake Region Economic Bloc. To an area where health facilities need infrastructure upgrades, and medical supplies are inadequate, the initiative could save lives.
During the event at Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu attended by Lake Region Economic Bloc Chair, Kakamega’s Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr Matthew Owili, Governor H.E James Ongwae of Kisii, Siaya Deputy Governor Dr. James Okumbe and Mr Daniel Mafo, Senior Vice President Zipline Africa, Zipline expects to fill the gap in the lake region where a growing population’s health needs are under-served.
The developments will see Zipline Africa set a up a regional distribution center in Kisumu to scale up the supply of medical products, animal health interventions, logistics and Covid-19 vaccines.
“Having successfully piloted the Universal Health Coverage, Kisumu is uniquely placed to integrate the technologies as it rolls out the Marwa Health Insurance Scheme to indigent households.”Kisumu DG, Dr Matthew Owili
Zipline expects to deliver essentials like medicine, blood pints to hospitals on-demand, reducing delivery time from four hours by road to within 20 minutes, using drones that travel up to 100 km per hour at a time.