Arunachal Pradesh To Test “Medicine From The Sky” Initiative

2022-08-13 11:04:00 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

The state government is collaborating with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to launch the “Medicine from the Sky” initiative.

 This debut drone logistics programme will help in analysing how health systems in difficult to reach terrains of the state respond to drone-based supply chains.

Earlier this year, the state government inked an MoU with the WEF to jointly explore the possibility of using drones for medical logistics. The objective is to develop a blueprint based on ground implementation for putting the right policies in place and enabling a gradual scale-up across the state.

“East Kameng district has a hilly terrain which makes it difficult to access interior areas, particularly during monsoon season. I am sure drone-based drug delivery will be a game changer in strengthening access to healthcare in such remote areas. I hope the project will give us the answers and clarity for large-scale implementation,” district magistrate Pravimal Abhishek Polumatla told this newspaper.

To be based out of district headquarters Seppa, this will be the Northeast’s first automated healthcare drone network. It will operate as an aerial hub and spoke network and connect the district’s primary and community healthcare centers to the district health points and laboratories in Seppa. Vertical take-off and landing drones – designed, manufactured, and operated by Indian start-ups – would be used in the project.

The network is being set up on an experimental basis for 6-8 months to pilot healthcare drone deliveries. Based on the impact, the state will implement it in the other districts.

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