The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Thursday hosted officials from Elsmed, Siemens, and WingCopter to discuss the rollout of the first phase of a drone project focused on blood sample delivery services.

Scheduled to commence on April 8, 2024, the operations will kick off with initial routes from Sosiani to Kisor, and then to Huruma referral lab, with Kisor dispensary serving as the central hub for all drone-related activities.

During the meeting, Clinical Services Chief Officer, Dr. Joyce Sang emphasized that the Kisor Dispensary will serve as the operational hub for the County, housing equipment storage as well as the landing and takeoff zones for the drones.

She mentioned that preparations for the launch are in full swing, highlighting that the 25kg drones will have a range of up to 80kms enabling 7-8 flights per day.

WingCopter’s Hub and Fulfillment Operations Manager Noor Ahmad Rayini expressed that the launch and operationalization of the drones will be a groundbreaking initiative in the region, promising immediate and efficient results for clients within the comfort of their surroundings.

On his part, Director of Health Services Dr Evans Kiprotich noted that the collaboration between Uasin Gishu County and the partnering organizations is a significant stride towards leveraging advanced technology for healthcare services therefore showcasing a dedication to innovation and progress in providing essential medical services to the community.