Nagaland: Indigenous drones deliver emergency medical supplies in Kohima
Kohima: The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and the Nagaland Geographical Information System (NGIS) has once again sent out drones in the skies of Kohima — this time to deliver emergency medical supplies to the COVID-19 hospitals, quarantine centres and covid care centres.
With a 5 kg payload of medical supplies comprising of PPE suit and face masks, the first delivery was made to the NHAK COVID-19 hospital from IG Stadium, on Wednesday. Moving at a speed of 64 km per hour, it covered a total of approximately 8 km (3.95 km one way).
Speaking with EastMojo, Johnny Ruangmei, OSD NSDMA, said that two high-end drones were used for the delivery purposes. He said that the NSDMA provided the drones and the NGIS worked on the pay load and carriers.
The officer also said that the drones are indigenously made by the Nagaland GIS and remote sensing, developed to deliver medical supplies. The drone carriers also delivered medical supplies to the quarantine centre in Kohima on Thursday and will continue to deliver to the other quarantine centres.
He added that the payload mechanism for the drones which are made in Nagaland took about 2-3 months to make the payload mechanism motor. The payload for delivering the emergency medical supplies are expected to increase from 5 kg to 25 kg.
He then said that the team is trying to check if there is any possibility of relaying to the other districts. A test was also conducted where the drones were sent out from IG stadium to Peducha, covering a distance of around 27 km. He expressed hope to also deliver supplies to rural health care centres in times of emergency.
Citing how the NSDMA and NGIS utilized drones to relay dos and don’ts, creating mass awareness on COVID-19 in March this year, he said that it is "getting ready from all angles" to see how best it can be utilized.
As reported by EastMojo earlier, the NSDMA and NGIS, in a joint effort, sent out drones in the skies of Kohima in March informing locals about the do’s and don’ts of COVID-19. Nagaland had reported the first COVID-19 cases in the state on May 25.