The drone delivered over 3000 items of medical supplies in a record 28 minutes from Mokokchung to Tuensang, spanning a distance of 40 kilometres, according to the i-Drone project team.

The distance between the two district offices is 90 kilometres, and due to the topography and road conditions, it takes seven to eight hours to go between them.

The Indian Medical Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Drone Response and Outreach in North East (i-Drone) pilot project, which was launched in Nagaland’s Mokokchung on December 14 made its final and longest drone flight from Mokokchung to Tuensang to deliver medical supplies, covering an aerial distance of 40 kilometers in 28 minutes.

The distance between the two district offices is 90 kilometres, and due to the topography and road conditions, it takes seven to eight hours to go between them. The drone delivered over 3000 items of medical supplies in a record 28 minutes from Mokokchung to Tuensang, spanning a distance of 40 kilometres, according to the i-Drone project team.

“In collaboration with the Nagaland government, @ICMRDELHI writes a new chapter in the history of public health practises.” On Saturday, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted that “3525 units of medical supplies were transferred from Mokokchung to Tuensang traversing an aerial distance of 40 kilometres in 28 minutes – the longest trip ever by drone carrying medications in India.”

The drone delivery, according to an official bulletin, was done to see if it was possible to transmit Covid-19 samples from Mokokchung to Tuensang, which does not have a sample testing facility.


Through this operation, about 7000 units of medical supplies were delivered to Nagaland.

The ICMR project intends to provide Covid-19 vaccinations and other critical medical supplies to remote locations.

On December 14, the i-DRONE activity was begun in Mokokchung, with the first flight taking place between the district Chief Medical Officer’s Office and the Primary Health Centre Longsa hamlet.

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio remarked in a tweet that the ICMR Delhi and the state government had written a new chapter in the history of public health.

“The ICMR, in collaboration with the Nagaland government, has written a new chapter in the history of public health practises.” “The longest flight ever by a drone carrying medications in India was 3525 units of medical supplies flown from Mokokchung to Tuensang spanning an aerial distance of 40 kilometres in 28 minutes,” Rio stated in a tweet.

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