Health Ministry launches drone-based vaccine delivery model

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admin November 10, 2021
Updated 2021/11/10 at 6:58 AM

In Manipur, a made-in-India drone delivered 900 vaccination doses across a 31-kilometer distance for the first time in the country. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, has initiated a project to use drones to distribute COVID-19 vaccination to difficult-to-reach areas in the Northeast.

According to officials, the ICMR’s Drone Response and Outreach in the North East (i-Drone) delivery model, which ensures that life-saving COVID vaccines reach everyone, is in line with the government’s commitment to ‘Antyodaya’ in health, which means making healthcare available to every citizen of the country.

“Our vaccination campaign for COVID-19 has already surpassed all expectations,” the Union Health Minister stated during the launch of the project, which would simplify vaccine supply to India’s hard-to-reach terrains.

Vaccine distribution in India’s rugged and difficult-to-reach terrains remains a challenge, despite efficient and safe vaccine administration in states and union territories.

The i-Drone was created to address these issues by sending unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) / drones to distant locations, according to the health ministry.

Currently, Manipur and Nagaland, as well as the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, have been given authorization to launch the drone-based distribution initiative.

Meanwhile, the national immunisation effort has resulted in the administration of 91.54 crore vaccine doses.

 

Source: Mint

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