Category: Health

Bayelsa, Sterling Bank, Two Other Firms Sign $5m MoU On Innovative Medical Supplies – Project Trailblazing, Says WHO

Bayelsa, Sterling Bank, Two Other Firms Sign $5m MoU On Innovative Medical Supplies – Project Trai

Bayelsa State government has signed an agreement with a consortium comprising Sterling Bank, Zipline, Health Spaces and DrugStoc for the Bayelsa Health Supply Chain Transformation Project (BHSCTP).

The project, estimated at $5million to be provided by the firms, is expected to provide a 21st century supply system and other supply chains using drone technology in the distribution of cost- effective pharmaceuticals in the state. 

Speaking during the MoU signing in Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri charged the stakeholders in the project to ensure that it comes on stream to boost distribution of pharmaceuticals, particularly in remote communities in the state.

He identified access to healthcare as a major challenge and urged the consortium to deploy the technology to create access for residents in far-flung communities.

He said: “We would like to see the drones fly to Koluama, Korokorosei, Egbemo-Angalabiri and to every nook and cranny of the state to solve the issue of access to pharmaceutical products.

“Communities in nearby states can also benefit from this project when it is fully operational.” 

Governor Diri, who acknowledged that technology was fast taking over in all spheres of life, said it is now being deployed in improving security, electoral system and healthcare delivery.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele, signed on behalf of the state government while the Senior Vice President (Africa) of Zipline, Daniel Marfo, signed on behalf of the consortium.

In his remarks, Dr. Igwele said the project would go a long way in enhancing delivery of emergency healthcare products in the localities.

According to him, the initiative would also provide job opportunities for Bayelsans, especially in the areas of drone operations and drug store management.

Also speaking, the state coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Leonard Ughei Ghele, lauded the state government on its developmental strides and described the project as trailblazing in the state and the country at large.

He noted that as a partner in the Bayelsa health sector, the project would in no small measure achieve various aspects of health system strengthening programmes as envisaged in the state health summit blueprint.

He added that soon a full-fledged resident consultant for the state would be assigned  to ensure that the programme succeeds.

In his speech, the Zipline Senior Vice President (Africa), Daniel Marfo, explained that Zipline and the other two firms were coming together to provide a supply chain that is adaptive, resilient and serves the health needs of the people in the area of health product distribution.

He said the project is a $5million investment by the consortium members to improve access to healthcare, adding that products could be provided

within 30 minutes upon request.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
January 31, 2022

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COVID-19: Gov Diri Advises Bayelsans To Take Vaccine

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on citizens and residents of the state to take advantage of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise and get innoculated against the virus.


Governor Diri made the call on Wednesday after he received the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine jab inside the Executive Chamber of the Government House, Yenagoa.


He advised that while the people trust God for protection, they should also take the necessary steps to get protected against the virus by taking the vaccine.

His words: “I have just taken the vaccine. The Deputy Governor has also taken it. May I now call on Bayelsans to go and take their jabs against the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world.”


A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the governor appealed to the Federal Government to re-assure Nigerians about the safety of the vaccine due to the controversy arising from its rejection in some countries.
“The vaccine appears a little bit controversial because there are countries that have rejected it due to safety concerns. That is why some of us feel that medical experts need to do something about it. I appeal to the federal authorities to re-assure Nigerians about the safety of the vaccine.”

Governor Diri was innoculated by the Immunisation Officer, Bayelsa State Primary Healthcare Board, Mr Amos Godspower.


Cabinet members, aides of the governor and other Government House staff were being  vaccinated at the time of filing this report.

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