Drones to collect blood samples from hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh

The government of Himachal Pradesh has moved ahead with a proposal to utilise drones for delivering medicines and collect blood samples from rugged areas of the northern state


In order to overcome the barriers of the mountainous terrain and barren conditions, the state government of Himachal Pradesh plans to deploy drones to collect blood samples and drop medicines in remote areas of the Kullu district.

If the project runs smoothly it will be implemented in the tribal belt of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Killar which remains snowbound for almost six months.

Himachal Health Minister Vipin Parmar, stated, “We will be implementing this proposal as a pilot project from the month of December. If this project yields positive results, we will then take this proposal further and execute the second phase of this project in the interior areas of the state.”

Since proper medical diagnosis is possible only through laboratory tests, drones will be deployed for carrying samples from the primary health centres to the community health centres of the district hospitals.

The facility will be launched with the help of Tata Consultancy Services that has tied up with IIT-Roorkee. Though modalities are being worked out, major expenditure will be met under the corporate social responsibility component.