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Drone carries blood sample across secluded healthcare centers in Uttarakhand

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Drone carries blood sample

In one of its ground breaking incident, an unmanned aerial vehicle called Drone successfully transported a blood sample from Tehri’s Nandgaon to the district hospital in Baurari, which is 32 kilometers away.

This test was carried out on June 5 by the administration of the Tehri district along with a startup named CDSpace Robotics Private Limited, where a blood sample was carried by a an aerial vehicle in just 18 minutes.

Dr S S Pangty, in-charge of Baurari district hospital, said, “The experiment was carried out under the ‘555’ telemedicine scheme in Tehri, which was initiated two years ago. The idea to use drones for healthcare services was of the (Tehri) district magistrate.”

Commenting on such an initiative, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika that she had been trying to engage drones for healthcare services after learning about similar initiatives in other countries.

“I wanted to engage drones for healthcare services. That’s why I entered into talks with the start-up (CDSpace Robotics). It is a pilot project, so the team didn’t charge us money. We gave them all administrative support for the experiment. Now that it is successful, I have suggested some changes in the drone,” Sonika said, adding that more experiments checking viability of transporting blood samples and medicines will be carried out in Tehri from July.

On such a game changing incident, CDSpace Founder Upadhye, said, “The drones can carry weight up to 500 gm over 50 km. “In the blood sample that was transported, we maintained cold chain with specialised ice pouch during flight. The drone was carrying 350 gm.”

“The cost of one such drone is Rs 10-12 lakh”, he further added.

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