A glimpse of India’s first prototype drone technology for organ transport


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari unveiled India’s first prototype human organ drone transport on Saturday to facilitate rapid organ transplantation in hospitals, as the current mode of transport by road from the airport to the hospital takes time.

Dr. Prashanth Rajagopalan, director of MGM Healthcare, who co-created the prototype drone technology, said drones can be used to move the box containing the organs up to a distance of 20 km, according to the agency. release PTI.

Rajagopalan said his hospital has partnered with a city-based drone company to move organs, adding that it aims to revolutionize last-mile organ transport.

Virtually unveiling organ transport by drone, Nitin Gadkari said, “We understand the importance of speed and seamless organ transport, which is why we will soon need innovation in organ transport logistics. organs. And one of those suggestions is the use of drones.

He appreciated MGM Healthcare being part of the research and development team and said it was an innovative approach to solving the problem of organ transport.

He further pointed out that the problem of organ transport logistics can be solved through better ground and air connectivity, saying that his ministry has already taken steps to improve the infrastructure.

“We have started the highway project from Delhi to Dehradun. It will shorten the time. I am very cautious about organ transportation. The transportation time will be less and the highway will be a completely new alignment operated with a system of door closed,” he said.

During the event, he also congratulated Dr. KR Balakrishnan, President, Cardiac Sciences, and Director, Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare; and his team for successfully performing over 500 heart and lung transplants in India and leading the largest adult and pediatric heart transplant program in India.

He hailed the achievement and said it not only gives a sense of pride but also satisfaction that the government is creating a benchmark in the health sector.

(With PTI inputs)

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