Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft vehicles, have the capability to fly long distances over dangerous terrains to deliver essential medical supplies such as medication, vaccines, blood and other samples, and diagnostic kits. These drones are increasingly being utilized to deliver health supplies to remote locations around the world.
Drones are identified as a more affordable alternative to air transport for medical supplies and can be used to deliver medical supplies cost-effectively to people residing in remote areas and those affected by natural disasters or emergencies.
Deliveries can be made with the drone descending to a safe height above the drop zone and releasing a box of supply by parachute or by landing at a designated spot.
In Huvadhoo Atoll, trial tests for drones used for medical supplies have already been conducted and the Ministry of Transport is expected to provide approval before the end of this year.