Civil aviation minister Jyotiradtiya Scindia and Telangana IT Minister on Saturday launched “a first of its kind” Medicine From the Sky project aimed at transporting vaccines and other essential products to remote areas using drones.
Eight consortia are a part of the project, out of which three – Helicopter, comprising Marut Drones and Public Health Foundation of India, Blue Dart Med Express, comprising Blue Dart and Skye Air, and Curis Fly, comprising TechEagle, launched their drones on Saturday. The Medicine From the Sky project will be taken up on a pilot basis in 16 green zones in Telangana and later scaled up on the national level based on data, Scindia said.
The WEF commissioned an industry core group comprising the Government of Telangana, PHFI, and NITI Aayog to look into aspects of mobilizing the capital for the drone ecosystem, with an emphasis on the medical drone ecosystem The Medicine From the Sky project is an initiative of Telangana in partnership with the World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog, and HealthNet Global of the Apollo Hospitals.
Jyotiradtiya Scindia tweeted, “Kicking off the drone revolution with an ambitious & important project with Telangana IT Minister” @KTRTRS Ji. ‘Medicine From the Sky’ is a first-of-its-kind project aimed at transporting vaccines & essentials to remote areas using drones.
Kicking off the drone revolution with an ambitious & important project with Telangana IT Minister @KTRTRS Ji. ‘Medicine From the Sky’ is a first of its kind project aimed at transporting vaccines & essentials to remote areas using drones.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) September 11, 2021
In India, a lot of the primary health centres and sub-centers are in rural, remote, and hard-to-reach areas, making the Covid-19 vaccination operation challenging.
There are several primary health centres and sub-centers in hilly, forest, or river areas of several states. These are usually cut off from road connections for several months in a year due to heavy rains, landslides, and fog, and snow.
Helicopter drones are built to address these challenges, Prem Kumar Vislawath, founder, Marut Dronetech said to The Indian Express. Speaking on the occasion, Information Technology Minister K.T. Ramarao said that the project is an exciting combination of technology and healthcare and the state has been at the forefront of using emerging technologies.