Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says that this is the first time that a ‘Make in India’ drone was used in South Asia to deliver the Kovid-19 vaccine to a place located at an aerial distance of 15 km in 12-15 minutes.
New Delhi : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday started the supply facility of Kovid-19 vaccine in the inaccessible areas of the Northeast through drones. Officials said that ICMR’s Drone Response and Outreach in the Northeast (i-Drone), is a supply model to ensure that life-saving COVID vaccines reach everyone. This is in line with the government’s commitment to ‘Antyodaya’ in health, which aims to reach the last mile of the country.Also Read – Covid Curfew In UK: Corona curfew extended in Uttarakhand till October 19, know which rules are mandatory to follow
Mandaviya said, ‘This is the first time that a ‘Make in India’ drone was used in South Asia to deliver the Kovid-19 vaccine to a place located at an aerial distance of 15 km in 12-15 minutes. These vaccines were transported from Bishnupur District Hospital in Manipur to Loktak Lake, Karang Island for injection to the beneficiaries at PHC. Also Read – Jammu and Kashmir: Dangerous weapons dropped from drones, night vision devices also recovered, fears of being sent from across the border
Mandaviya said, “The actual distance by road between these places is 26 km. Today, 10 beneficiaries in PHC will get the first dose and eight will get the second dose. The Union Health Minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, ‘The country is progressing very fast under his leadership. Today is a historic day, which showed how technology is making life easier and bringing social change. Also Read – Cases of corona infection are fearing again for two days, 60 percent infected patients coming from Kerala alone
He said that India is a country of geographical diversities and drones can be used to deliver essential goods to the last mile. Mandaviya said, “We can use drones to distribute important life-saving drugs, collect blood samples. This technique can also be used in critical situations. This technology can prove to be important in addressing challenges in health care, especially health delivery in difficult areas.
This initiative launched by the Union Health Minister will facilitate the supply of vaccine to the inaccessible areas of India. He said, ‘Our vaccination program for Kovid-19 has already exceeded all expectations. I firmly believe that this initiative will help us achieve the highest possible vaccination coverage against COVID-19. Incorporating such drone technologies into national programs will help in faster delivery of other vaccines and medical supplies.
Despite states and union territories being vaccinated effectively and safely, the supply of vaccines to difficult and inaccessible areas of India is still challenging. The Health Ministry said that the i-drone has been designed to overcome these challenges by deploying unmanned vehicles (UAVs) or drones in remote areas. At present, the drone-based delivery project has been allowed to be implemented in Manipur and Nagaland as well as in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
ICMR conducted a preliminary study in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to test the capability of drones to safely carry and transfer vaccines.
The study was conducted in Manipur, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar. These studies provided promising results, on the basis of which the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and other regulatory authorities allowed drones to fly beyond the visual line. Mandaviya expressed confidence that this initiative can be helpful in delivering not only vaccines but also other medical supplies. (Input – PTI)