First Drones arrive in Rwanda

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 15 August 2016 saa 06:49
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The first batch of two drones in Rwanda to facilitate health care services including emergent services of transporting blood across the country among others has arrived.

The arrival has been announced by Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) via twitter account.

The coming of the two drones follows agreements between Rwanda and Zipline International Company from United States to launch the project of using drones to avail health services in remote areas of the country.

Rwanda is the first African country where such drones are going to be tested in the health sector. The trial will begin in August where success of drones’ performance will result into the execution of their usage by the end of 2016.

The drones have capacity of traveling 150 kilometers in the same atmosphere like other planes. One of the drones can carry one and half kilogram of blood within a short 14 minutes other than to existing blood transportation means where it would take 4 hours to avail blood to destinations.

The project of England Foster+ Partners will help Rwanda to build station airport where drones will land. The station airport is being built in Muhanga district.

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The two Drones have been carried by the airplane of UPS Express