Drones: New Era in Delivering Medicines!

Highlights:

  • Delivery service launched at the sidelines of Wings India 2020
  • State government working with public and private players for this initiative

Hyderabad, India: Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India recently granted all the clearances for India’s first ever medicine delivery using a drone. ‘Medicine from the sky’ is a pet project of Government of Telangana in collaboration with World Economic Forum and Healthnet Global.

The first successful demonstration for medicine delivery using drones was conducted on Saturday. The demonstration was presented during the national aviation industry event Wings India 2020.

A city-based startup Marut, has been selected by the state government to implement its project ‘Medicine from the sky’. It will be the country’s first ever air medical delivery platform. The interest shown in the project by the government itself and various organizations around the world only points towards the huge potential the field has to offer.

India’s IT and Industries Minister, KT Rama Rao said, “The demonstration proves technological feasibility of the concept and opens up avenues for innovation in public health and emergency health services. Telangana government will offer necessary support to techno-innovators who innovate for social good.”

Industry believes that this type of delivery system would accelerate the process of delivering vital medicines to rural areas and areas with rough terrains, saving resources as well as time. Emergency movement of blood where roads are non-existent or the weather conditions are harsh would also be sped up by this delivery method.

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