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Medicines from sky project

Date: 13 September 2021 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers

Issue

After getting approval from Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Telangana government’s ‘Medicine from the sky’ programme will be launched.

 

Background

The final regulatory approval will ensure that the project will take off from the state's Vikarabad district.

 

Details

  • It will look towards improving medical supply chains by using drones as mode of delivery. It will also check reliability and robustness of drones while carrying loads of different payloads.

  • The lifesaving equipment could be medicines, vaccines, units of blood, diagnostic specimens, and other important ones.

  • It will assist policymakers and health systems to identify the opportunities and challenges of drone delivery as well as competing delivery models and technologies.

 

Medicine from the sky

  • Emerging Technologies Wing of the state IT department in partnership with World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog, and HealthNet Global (Apollo Hospitals) have come together for undertaking this project.

  • It is the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone trials in the country that is working in the healthcare domain.

  • Participating consortia include  Bluedart Med Express Consortium (Skye Air), Hepicopter Consortium (Marut Drones), and CurisFly Consortium (TechEagle Innovations).

 

Scope of the project

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has widened the scope of the drones. They have been used for photography, mapping, and other operations.

  • It can be integrated into the government healthcare systems. It will save time and efforts in delivering medicines. It can improve access to healthcare in rural and remote locations.

 

Positives

It would help  governments and private players to learn logistics using aerial vehicles. It will improve mindset of people.