Medical delivery drones help fighting the Coronavirus in China

Terra Drone group company Antwork has transported medical samples and quarantine materials between Xinchang County People’s Hospital, Xinchang County disease control center and Dashiju branch of Xinchang County People’s Hospital

On February 6, 2020, a medical delivery drone flew from the People’s Hospital of Xinchang County to the disease control center of Xinchang County, marking the launch of the first “urban air transportation channel” to help to fight the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a global health emergency.

Xinchang County is located in Zhejiang province — one of the most severely-hit provinces by the virus, with 1,006 patients already confirmed to be affected by 2019-nCoV as of Feb 6, 2020.

At present, the county is in a tense period of national epidemic prevention and control. In order to respond to the needs of epidemic prevention and control, Terra Drone group company Antwork is actively contacting local hospitals to support epidemic prevention with practical actions, fully cooperating with local governments and medical aid units to escort the timely and rapid delivery of medical samples and protection materials through the deployment of its drone transportation network.

During the epidemic prevention and control period, Antwork took the initiative to take drone RA3 and tr7s, as well as unmanned station RH1, as the technical solution to transport medical samples and quarantine materials (to prevent from Coronavirus) between Xinchang County People’s Hospital, Xinchang County disease control center and Dashiju branch of Xinchang County People’s Hospital.

In this operation, the air delivery system provided by Antwork was adopted. Its automatic and unmanned operation mode can significantly reduce the contact opportunities between samples and personnel in the transportation process, and improve the delivery speed.

It should also be noted that the Antwork branch company (Aerodeli), which undertook this operation task, had obtained the world’s first urban drone delivery “license” issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in October 2019.

The sample delivery work will be carried out in strict accordance with the certified operation procedures to ensure the safety of medical samples in the transportation process.

In the actual transportation process, using drones has increased the efficiency time by more than 50% compared to ordinary road transportation, proving to be a more efficient means of transportation for epidemic prevention and control. At the same time, with more and more medical staff and ambulance being transferred to the front line, in the case of extreme personnel shortage, the use of drone transportation can also save human and material resources to the greatest extent. In addition, using a drone to transport materials can effectively avoid secondary pollution of medical materials.

As soon as the news of Wuhan blocking (because of the coronavirus) came out on January 23, Antwork immediately contacted the health and disease control departments of various regions and took the initiative to petition for the technical support of drone air transportation for the front-line medical institutions fighting against the epidemic. After the project of Xinchang people’s hospital being put into operation, Antwork will also actively assist more medical institutions around the nation to deploy air transport services and contribute a technical force to the anti-epidemic!

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