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In 30 Minutes, A Drone Delivers An Anti-TB Medicine To Rishikesh Hospital, Which Is 40 Kilometres Away

"A successful testing of drones delivering medicine was carried out today," stated Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. Drone delivery would be especially beneficial in hilly locations where a journey of 40 kilometres would have taken two hours."
Rishikesh bridge

A Vertiplane X3 drone was used to deliver 2kg package of anti-tubercular drugs to a district hospital in Tehri Garhwal. The aerial distance of nearly 40 kilometres between the helipad at AIIMS and the hospital was covered in 30 minutes. The project will calculate the cost of effectiveness of delivering not only medicines but sputum samples to laboratories.

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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Rishikesh performed a study on Thursday to assess the feasibility of drones delivering medicines to basic health care centres or smaller hospitals in times of emergency.

During the testing, a Vertiplane X3 drone was utilised to transport a 2kg consignment of anti-tubercular medications to a district hospital in Tehri Garhwal. The almost 40-kilometer aerial trip between the AIIMS helipad and the hospital was completed in 30 minutes. The project will analyse the cost-effectiveness of providing not only medicines but also sputum samples to laboratories in order to assist the country’s goal of eliminating tuberculosis by 2025.

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Drone Delivers An Anti-TB Medicine To Rishikesh Hospital

“A successful testing of drones delivering medicine was carried out today,” stated Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. Drone delivery would be especially beneficial in hilly locations where a journey of 40 kilometres would have taken two hours.” He believes that in the future, the technology could be used to move organs between hospitals, when time is critical.

Mandaviya further stated that a similar trial will be conducted to transfer supplies between AIIMS-Delhi and the National Cancer Centre linked with it, which is located about 50 kilometres distant in Jhajjar.

“Several barriers such as weak transportation networks, high terrain, traffic natural disasters afflicted regions, and harsh weather conditions greatly impede the timely delivery of anti-tubercular medications. In addition, unexpected delays in transferring sputum samples to the laboratory create therapy delays. Given these challenges, it is critical to investigate an effective delivery system to supplement the current supply chain mechanism,” according to an institute report.

The drone used in Rishikesh on Thursday, which can carry 4kgs in a radius of 50 kilometres and is built by TechEagle Innovations, has also been used to transport medicines by the government of Meghalaya, with a drone station being put up in Jengjal.

It’s not the first time a drone has been utilised to deliver medical supplies. In reality, Covid-19 vaccines were delivered via a drone in Manipur as part of a pilot experiment coordinated by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Another trial was carried out in Arunachal Pradesh by a Bangalore-based business to supply drugs. Aside from that, some e-pharmacies have begun to use drone deliveries.

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Rural institutions may now order uncommon blood items such as platelets, fresh frozen plasma, and cryoprecipitates—special proteins extracted from plasma—thanks to drone delivery. Patients would have been directed to another hospital and transported via ambulance if these were not available locally.

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