‘Medicines from the Sky’ project launched to send medicines to Primary Health Care Centres using drones

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  • Telangana on Saturday became the first State in the country to embark on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) flights to deliver a payload comprising vaccines, with the launch of Medicine from the Sky project in Vikarabad.
  • The project, which seeks to deliver medicines, vaccination, and units of blood to remote, rural areas by means of drones, is a collaboration of the Telangana government, World Economic Forum, HealthNet Global and NITI Aayog.
  • Eight consortia are a part of the project, out of which three – Hepicopter, comprising Marut Drones and Public Health Foundation of India, Blue Dart Med Express, comprising Blue Dart and Skye Air, and Curis Fly, comprising TechEagle, launched their drones on Saturday.
  • The payload was delivered from the Vikarabad Police Parade Ground to a government healthcare facility around three kilometres away.
  • After launching the project, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia described drone technology as a revolution, and India as its leader. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had liberalised the drone policy and centrality is now on self-certification and empowering those involved in this ecosystem.
  • “This will unleash the potential of the youth. You have startups like Marut, like TechEagle, like Skye Air,” he said.
  • Source: www.thehindu.com

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