Made in India Drone used to transport Covid-19 Vaccines in Manipur

Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, launched the ICMR’s drone response and outreach in the North East in a historic occasion that exemplifies the government’s dedication to ‘Antyodaya’ in health; making healthcare accessible to every person of the country (i-Drone). This is a delivery model that ensures that everyone receives life-saving immunizations.

Thanking the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Union health minister said, “Under his leadership, the Nation is progressing at a great pace. Today is a historic day, which showed us how technology is making life easier and bringing social change.”

Mansukh Mandaviya said, “This is for the first time that a ‘Make in India’ drone has been used in South Asia to transport Covid vaccine over an aerial distance of 15 kms in 12-15 mins from the Bishnupur district hospital to Loktak lake, Karang island in Manipur for administration at the PHC. The actual road distance between these locations is 26 k.m. Today, 10 beneficiaries will receive the first dose and 8 will receive the second dose at the PHC.”

He further added, “India is a home to geographical diversities and drones can be used to deliver essentials to the last mile. We can use drones in delivering important life-saving medicines, collecting blood samples. This technology can also be used in critical situations. This technology may prove a game changer in addressing the challenges in health care delivery, particularly health supplies in difficult areas.”

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