In a first in the country, Meghalaya on Friday successfully deployed a drone to deliver medicines to a remote primary health centre in West Khasi Hills district, 25 km away from the district headquarter. This was informed by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
“Today we launched a pilot of India’s 1st Medicine Delivery via Hybrid e-VTOL drone in #Meghalaya from Nongstoin to Maweit PHC covering a distance of 25 kms in less than 25 mins,” Chief Minister Sangma said in a tweet on Friday.
“Drone technology can change the future of healthcare. This is a unique project that will transform the healthcare supply chain to a hard-to-reach population,” he added.
According to the Chief Minister, the tech support was provided by innovation team Tech Eagle, Smart Village Movement in collaboration with the State Health Department. Sources said an e-VTOL (Virtual take-off and landing ) Drone AquilaX2 was used for the deliveries.