Meghalaya’s Health Minister, Shri. James P.K. Sangma inaugurated the first state-wide drone delivery hub for healthcare supplies on-demand at Jengal Sub-Divisional Hospital on November 05, 2022, making Meghalaya the first state in India to have a fully functional drone delivery network. This is a promising solution to address the challenges of timely medicine delivery, especially in remote and hilly terrains like Meghalaya.
The drones can be a cheaper alternative than manned aircraft and allow for faster and more reliable deliveries, having a significant impact on medical treatment in remote areas. The drone pilot was a collaborative effort between Smart Village Movement, TechEagle, and the Government of Meghalaya to study the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of using new-age logistics solutions for healthcare.