‘Medicines from Sky’: Drones are used in Arunachal Pradesh to deliver medicines in remote areas
Itanagar: In a major development to provide medical facilities in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh, a drone service has been started to deliver essential medicines to inaccessible areas.
On November 9, a drone flew to conduct the first-ever delivery of life-saving medicines from Seppa to a remote region of Bana located in the Richukrong circle of East Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh.
In a remarkable feat, the first delivery of medicine under the #EastKameng district, through a drone service was successfully conducted. This initiative by #GoAP will drastically reduce the time & turmoil in moments of medical necessity in the remote regions of the state. pic.twitter.com/RNsnB3F5Wy
— MyGov Arunachal Pradesh (@MyGovArunachal) November 10, 2022
This is being done under the ‘Medicines from Sky’, initiative launched by the state government in August this year in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Considered a game changer in the health sector, the initiative aims to reduce the time and turmoil people face during a medical emergency.
Redwing Aerospace, a Bengaluru-based company that manufactures drones has been engaged for this project which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
On November 14, a Hyderabad-based firm – Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) along with the Union Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, and the Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of Arunachal Pradesh delivered Livestock Vaccines through drones.
The livestock vaccines against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) were delivered from Roing to Paghlam in Arunachal Pradesh.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted about this on Monday.
Launch of ‘Medicine From Sky’ has heralded a new dawn in Arunachal.
Today for the first time livestock vaccines were delivered by drone from Kangkong to Paglam in the Lower Dibang Valley district.
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) November 14, 2022