The Medicine from Sky project, which was officially launched on September 11 in Telangana's Vikarabad district to deliver medicines (including vaccines) with the help of drones, will be expanded to six other states, including a few in the Northeast region. "In the next six to 12 months we are going to ramp up Medicine from Sky to six more states. We are already in talks with Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Gujarat to expand this project nationally," Vignesh Santhanam, the India lead of Aerospace and Drones at World Economic Forum and person in charge of the project, said during the Vikarabad launch event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mWuYFvPC5E Currently, the Medicine from Sky project is in a trial phase and the process will be underway till October, project stakeholders at the event said. Based on the results, the government will prepare a report, identifying complications in the project and simplifying it in the future. The results of the project will also determine if it is to be expanded to Northeastern states, which are known for their mountainous terrain (thus making it difficult to deliver essential items through other means). Committee to study drone applications in medical industry Santhanam during the event said that the World Economic Forum has commissioned an industry-core group along with the Telangana government, Public Health Foundation of India, and NITI Aayog to look at how to mobilise capital for the medical drone ecosystem. This can only happen if we alleviate the misconceived risks regarding drones being an unproven business model, and…
Using drones to deliver medicines could be a reality not just in Telangana
The government is ramping up efforts to deliver medicines using drones even as a trial is underway in Telangana.
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