Drones Deliver PPE and Samples in COVID-19 Hit Parts of Africa

African countries are one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, while their condition has been on a decline due to the severe lack of basic infrastructure in many regions. But, thanks to Zipline, drones are being employed incessantly by countries like Ghana and Rwanda for PPEs and essential medical deliveries.

Zipline is doing a pivotal job and making every possible effort to prove to be of utmost help to the people and state of Rwanda and Ghana. The drones are almost always at work. These deliver personal protective equipment to clinics. They are also used to dispatch medical samples, for example, blood samples.

The fight against the zoonotic virus that originated in China has pushed mankind to the best of its abilities and beyond. One such shining example of the application of advanced capability is the deployment of drones. Drones, as the finest specimen of technology, have been occupying the frontline positions in the fight against COVID 19.

Earlier, China used drones to spray disinfectants from the air. Spain had also used drones to enforce social distancing measures. It had specifically used loudspeakers’ equipped drones to enforce the safety precautions and to ward off the slightest possibility of a gathering or a mob at its outset. Now, it seems as if every passing day adds more and more feathers to the cap of drones’ achievements and employability.

Mainly due to being residents of remote locations that are mostly inaccessible, a major portion of the African populace has not been able to receive basic healthcare and medical or health services. In Rwanda and Ghana, Zipline’s drones deliver medical supplies to far-off clinics located as far as 80-kilometers. The to and fro distance that could have taken an entire day otherwise now takes just 30 minutes or less by drone.

Such pioneering work in the remotest locations has had a very positive impact and has benefitted the rural community mostly. The Rwandan minister for health speaks how the drains have been extremely useful in saving so many lives. She tells that the blood is life, and the supply chain’s function has improved. Thus, vital packages like blood are saving the lives of Rwandans, she concludes.

In difficult times such as these, technology like drones is nothing less than a godsend. At a time when there are strict safety regulations and coming out of homes means risking transmission and infection through the coronavirus, the initiation of such services adds a different color to the on-going war against the pandemic and the disease.

States are interested in the far-reaching capabilities of drones’ assistance in data capture, generation of new jobs, medical deliveries, supply chain integration, and helping the health infrastructure connect with the developing tech sector. David Moinina Sengeh also expressed his interest along the same lines. He is the Chief Innovation Officer and Minister of Basic and Secondary Education for Sierra Leone.

It is ironic, to say the least, that the company that originated in the United States, Zipline has no commercial presence in the United States. Indeed, the company was first founded in California. In the coming times, however, this is going to change as the company joins two others to be operated in the US. In 3 North Carolina cities of the US, two other companies Matternet and Flytex, will initiate operations.

Rosa Margaret

Rosa Margaret is a Senior Architect who plays a role of designing, planning and developing different projects for her firm. She is highly skilled in analyzing blueprints, sketches, and models for environmental and safety issues. She loves to do gardening in her free time which is quite evident in her exquisitely maintained backyard.

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