The Government of India is taking steps to further intensify the vaccination campaign. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today launched ICMR’s Drone Response and Outreach in the North East. Under this initiative, now the corona vaccine will be delivered to health centers through drones. The Health Minister has also given information about its specialty.
Mansukh Mandaviya informed that the vaccines have been transported from Bishnupur District Hospital to Karang Health Center Loktak Lake Manipur Karna, covering a distance of 31 km in 15 minutes by drone. He further said that drone technology will speed up the last mile of healthcare supplies, along with vaccine transport, and expand the scope of supply of life-saving and emergency medicines.
Addressed launch of ICMR's initiative for 'drone-based vaccine delivery system' in North-Eastern India.
Covering 31 km in 15 minutes, vaccines were transported from Bishnupur District Hospital to Karang Health Centre, Loktak Lake, Manipur.
This distance usually takes 3-4 hours. pic.twitter.com/HuNwnMaMyC
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) October 4, 2021
Mansukh Mandaviya further said that this will help India to increase vaccination coverage by making vaccines more accessible to remote and mountainous areas. He told that this is the first commercial flight of the drone in South Asia. With the use of drones, we will also transport blood samples, essential medicines in future.
— ANI (@ANI) October 4, 2021
Mansukh Mandaviya has congratulated ICMR, technical staff and health workers for this achievement. He also told that so far 91 crore vaccine doses have been given in the country. He said that the first dose of the corona vaccine has been given to seventy percent of the adult population of India.