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Drone based vaccine delivery model launched

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 05, Oct 2021
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  • Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched the ICMR’s drone response and outreach in the northeast (iDrone).
  • This is for the first time that a ‘Make in India’ drone has been used in South Asia to transport COVID vaccine.
  • It covered an aerial distance of 15 km in 12-15 minutes from the Bishnupur district hospital to Loktak lake, Karang island in Manipur for administration at the primary health centre.
  • India is home to geographical diversities and drones can be used to deliver essentials to the last mile.
  • We can use drones in delivering important lifesaving medicines, collecting blood samples.
  • This technology can also be used in critical situations.
  • It may prove a game changer in addressing the challenges in health care delivery, particularly health supplies, in difficult areas.
  • Currently, the drone based delivery project has been granted permission for implementation in Manipur and Nagaland, as well as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The ICMR conducted an initial study in collaboration with the IIT Kanpur to test the capacity of the drones to carry and transfer vaccines safely.