Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia has launched ‘Medicines from the Sky’, at Vikarabad in Telangana state. The drone carry payload of vaccines and other medicines to public health centres under the project. The first of its kind in the country that will test the delivery of medicines using the drone sorties beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) at 500 metres. The first sortie was carried out by a drone built by SkyAir Mobility for its Consortium partner Blue Dart Express and delivered a five-kg box of vaccines to a community health centre located 3 kms away.
Speaking about the project on the occasion, Telangana IT Minister K Taraka Ramarao said life-saving drugs, vaccines and blood could easily be transported to places, beating traffic and other hurdles. The ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project is an initiative of the Government of Telangana led by the emerging technologies wing of state IT department in association with World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog, and HealthNet Global.