Anambra State Government revealed on Saturday that plans were currently in progress for the commencement of deploying drug drone technology service delivery to communities that are hard to reach across the state.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala who made this revelation in an interview with journalists in Awka, said it would improve healthcare delivery in the state.
The Commissioner said: “There are many hard-to-reach communities in the state, places like Enugu Otu, Nkpunado Aguleri, Ezi Agulu Otu and other far places.
“There are communities where if someone is sick, it will be very difficult to get medical help.
“Take for instance, if you have a woman that is bleeding during child birth (Postpartum Hemorrhaging), and she needs blood transfusion, it will be difficult because the facility is not there.
“But with the drone technology service, from a place like Awka, you can put that needed blood pints in a drone and allow it fly to a specific community where it is needed.
“If you start driving to such place, it might take about two to three hours but with drone technology, it will land there in less than 30minutes. And the drone technology can make many trips a day, “he said.
Okpala said acquiring one of the drones would cover all the hard-to-reach communities in the state.
He believes that this will be the first of its kind in Nigeria.