Tura: Meghalaya on Monday launched its first drone delivery hub at Jengjal in West Garo hills district.
The first drone took off from Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital and delivered medicines to Padeldoba PHC in less than 30 mins
TechEagle, one of the fastest-growing drone delivery startup, unveiled the drone delivery hub and network in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted, “North East’s 1st Drone Delivery for Health launched at Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital today. Ensuring last mile medical deliveries, the drones will deliver medicines to rural health facilities within a 50km radius. Congratulations to the team!’’
North East’s 1st Drone Delivery for Health launched at Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital today.
Ensuring last mile medical deliveries, the drones will deliver medicines to rural health facilities within a 50km radius. Congratulations to the team!@mansukhmandviya @JM_Scindia pic.twitter.com/XiIZYcIRm5
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) December 5, 2022
The drone delivery hub has been set up to improve the universal access to healthcare in the state by delivering vital supplies like drugs, diagnostic samples, vaccines, blood and blood components using a dedicated drone delivery network.
The project began with the inauguration of the hub built at the Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital by James P.K.Sangma, Meghalaya minister for Health and Family Welfare.
TechEagle’s Vertiplane X3 drone delivered different healthcare products including snake venom and other medicines in its first flight, which was 5X faster in comparison to ground transportation.
“We are seeing something that is unparalleled in any place of the world, Sangma said, adding that it is a matter of pride for Meghalaya. The service will soon be extended to other parts of Meghalaya.
Vikram Singh Meena, CEO and Founder, TechEagle said, “Transforming the logistics and healthcare supply chain is at the heart of TechEagle’s vision and this launch of Meghalaya Drone Delivery Network (MDDN) is a first big step forward in the direction of achieving the goal of universal access to healthcare and logistics across the world.”
Meena said TechEagle’s drones are capable of vertical take-off and landing from small areas, which enables both forward and reverse logistics of healthcare products in the network.