Meet Dr Ola Orekunrin, the Nigerian Flying Doctor that’s Saving Lives in Africa
The propelling force behind the creation of most startups are usually born out of sheer passion or the will to make a change in the society. However, some startups are birthed from the effect of remarkable personal occurrences.
Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, helicopter pilot and healthcare entrepreneur and founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. It is a Medical Emergency Service that specializes in air ambulances, medevac, medico-logistics services, remote site medical solutions services, medical infrastructural development and medical training services.
Ola is dedicated to bringing trauma care to the most remote parts of Western Africa and the Lagos-based company is executing this perfectly. She was motivated to start the company after he younger sister died tragically while travelling in Nigeria as a consequence of there being no medical air service available to transport her to the hospital.
The startup bothers mainly about saving lives during critical and emergency situations in sub-Sahara Africa and working so hard and taking giant strides to change the statistics of WHO as regards the skyrocketed morbidity and mortality rates.
Ola currently resides in Lagos, where she is considered a national expert of disaster medicine and pre-hospital care. Her company has been featured on various local TV and radio stations as well as the BBC and CNN. She was bestowed with the prestigious 2017 Aviation Most Remarkable Medical Personality Award by the Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV) among plethora of awards.