A bunch of drone fanatics in Indonesia are utilizing their aerial skills to help during the pandemic by providing a contactless medicine and food delivery service to Covid-19 suffers isolating at home.
Armed with 5 drones, the 7 member team have been working around the clock in Makassar, the capital of the South Sulawesi province, since early July to provide deliveries.
Hartati, who along with her household , has been self-isolating since she tested positive for Covid-19 in mid August, welcomed the modern service. “I think the medicine received from a drone is more sterile,” said the 50-year-old housewife, who makes use of one title , nothing how the system prevented the necessity for any direct contact when receiving goods.
The household of four is living in space where up to 80 % of residents are Covid-19 positive, according to data fromMakassar’s coronavirs task force. Indonesia is one of the countries worst affected by the pandemic in Asia.
The ‘Makassar Recover Drone Medic’ team is working with the local coronavirus task force to deliver medicine at least five times a day, said its founder and coordinator Muhammad Dasysyara Dahyar. During the peak of the latest outbreak in July, they made up to 25 rounds of deliveries in one day.
Makassar’s mayor Mohammad Ramdhan Pomato said authorities planned to expand the use of drones to nearby islands and also provide deliveries to around 800 people staying in isolation in a ship here docked off Makassar pomato said,“The range of drone is around seven kilometres, so it is possible to reach the islands,”.
The drones also help monitor traffic and the movement of people in the city and pinpoint areas to target with Covid-19 tests.
The drone team’s found dahyar said,“This mission is a matter of pride. It’s not every day that we are needed and participate in disaster management to tackle the spread of Covid-19,” .
Mobility restrictions remain in place in many Indonesian cities including Makassar, in a bid to contain a devastating wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Delta variant .Indonesia has reported more than four million cases and 1,31,000 fatalities since the pandemic started.