Saturday, June 08, 2019

Uttarakhand Uses A Drone To Transport Blood From Remote Health Centre

At a time when India is exploring the use of drones, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was used to successfully deliver a single unit of blood worth INR 10 Lakh from a remote primary health centre Lakh in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district.

According to a report by News18, Nikhil Upadhye, who founded Cdspace Robotics Limited had indigenously developed a drone at IIT Kanpur’s incubation centre for carrying payloads. Similar projects may be undertaken to ensure the reliability of the drones.

Citing healthcare experts, the report said that the use of drones in healthcare may prove to be a game changer in states which are not easily geographically accessed.

The Indian government has been increasingly exploring ways to use drones. These developments come at a time when the central government is looking to come out with new drone regulations.

According to Upadhye, these drones can carry four blood units of 50 ml each with the supportive cold chain to keep blood and its by-products cool. The machine can fly easily in light wind conditions.
08/06/19 Shreya Ganguly/Inc42

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