Shillong, December 06:


Not just in the North East, This is the first time in whole over India. Recently Meghalaya state has come up with a novel approach. The state is using drone technology to quickly send medical equipment or medicines to remote areas. Meghalaya Health Minister James Sangma inaugurated the drone station at Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital yesterday.


After the inauguration, Mr Sangma wrote on social media, "I am happy to have inaugurated the Drone Station at Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital today. With the aim of improving accessibility, the drones will help deliver medicines to all rural health facilities falling within a radius of 50 km. This will ensure proper, timely and efficient deliveries of medical supplies such as vaccines, medicines, diagnostic samples, blood units, and others to and from the remote health facilities for an initial period of one year".


The Chief Minister of Meghalaya wrote about this on social media. He wrote, "Meghalaya 1st State in India to set up a Drone Delivery Station for Medical Supplies. Hon’ble Health Minister, Shri. James Sangma yesterday inaugurated the Drone Delivery for Health Station at Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital. Ensuring last mile medical deliveries, the drones will deliver medicines to all rural health facilities within a 50 km radius.


While many states have initiated the trial phase for drone delivery of medical supplies, Meghalaya conducted its drone delivery trial in November 2021 from Nongstoin to Maweit PHC and is the first State in the country to set up a functioning drone station that was inaugurated in Jengjal yesterday". 


Sending medical supplies or medicine through drones to the remote areas of Meghalaya state is undoubtedly a big success. Naturally, the excitement of happiness was seen among the people of that area.