Dehradun: Technology lately, knows no bounds and if used for right purposes they have power to change lives and in cases save lives. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) transported blood samples for more than 35 kilometres from a remote primary health centre (PHC) in Tehri district of Uttarakhand to the district’s hospital.
The drone performed the task in no time in comparison to the amount it would have taken with other means of transport. It took 18 minutes to cover the distance, what would otherwise be 70 minutes. The journey spanned between Nandgaon and Burari hospital.
Dr SS Pangti, chief medical superintendent, Burari district hospital, Tehri, hospital where the drone-delivered the blood samples, said the initiative was part of an on-going telemedicine project in Tehri Garhwal, according to a TOI report.
The drone was manufactured by CDSpace Robotics Limited – company owned by IIT alumnus Nikhil Upadhye.
Upadhye told the news website, that the device has the capacity of transporting emergency medicines as well as blood units with the cooling kit. He added that the tentative cost of one such drone is around Rs 10 lakh.
It can carry 500 gm of weight and travel up to 50 km on a single charge.
More trial runs are expected in the next few weeks with transportation of emergency medicines being tried next, said Upadhye.