The technical team of Ghana’s telecommunication giants, MTN Ghana, has paid a working visit to Zipline’s operations centre at Omenako-Suhum in the Eastern Region.
The visit was to enable the technical staff of both companies to assess the services provided by MTN and find other possible ways of collaboration.
The Senior Manager for MTN Ghana Enterprise Sales, Daniel Asare, in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the tour of the Zipline facility explained that the visit was to afford “us the opportunity to collaborate more in other areas where we can work with Zipline Ghana”.
Zipline is one of the clients of MTN who we provide both voice and data services, and we are using this opportunity to interact with them to see how we can continue to work together even into the future”, he disclosed.
Zipline Ghana relies greatly on internet services in their day-to-day operations and MTN says they are delighted to be the service providers to this critical and essential service of delivering medical commodities to the hard-to-reach areas of the country.
The Country Manager of Zipline Ghana, Naa Adorkor Yawson, says internet connectivity is at the core of what they do at Zipline for which reason they find such visits “good opportunity for service providers to particularly understand our needs and see how best possible they can continue to support us in meeting the needs of our clients in the over one thousand health facilities we deliver medical commodities to”.
We are happy to host MTN, one of our service providers, who have come here today to see first-hand what we do. This is a great way of building partnerships”, she mentioned.
As we grow in our operations we will continue to rely on internet connectivity in achieving our mandate of saving lives,” she noted.
The mandate of Zipline is to serve very remote rural areas with the use of drones for emergency deliveries of vaccines, blood products, and other life-saving medications.
The operations of Zipline Ghana compliment what already exists on the grounds in order to ensure that they are responsive when it comes to quality health care delivery in the country.
Where ground infrastructure would have been a challenge, Zipline with the area logistics is able to respond to the challenges that existed, thereby ensuring that there is equity when it comes to healthcare delivery in the country.
Zipline currently has four distribution centres, the first of which is in the Eastern Region and situated at Omenako-Suhum, the second is at Mpanya-Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region, the third at Vobsi in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region, and the fourth at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region.
Zipline currently provides services to over 610 centres and makes an average of 150 flights a day.