Lebanese University students, faculty of engineering, are working on a project that aims at serving Lebanese citizens, especially the elderly and those in need of chronic medication during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This project is called the System of Medical Drones. It is made for two main reasons: easing the pressure on pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals in Lebanon, as well as serving citizens and protecting them from infection.
Mostafa El-Dirani, Mohammed Kassem, and Ali El-Hadi Salameh are creating an online platform for people with chronic diseases to input their needed medication. In less than 24 hours, their medication will be landing in a parachute right at their doorsteps or balconies.
All you have to do is go to the website (still in progress), enter your information, log in, go to Medicines and Chronic Diseases, let them know what you need, and then provide your location.
There’s also a daily check-up option. People can fill up their symptoms on the platform, as shown in the video at the end of the article, to be reviewed by a doctor.
They will then receive a message that their medication is on its way so they can anticipate it landing on their porch by parachute from a drone.
Upon reception, people are required to log into the website one more time to confirm that the delivery has been made.
Mostafa, one of the creative minds behind this project, told The961 that he, along with his teammates Mohammed and Ali, came up with this idea at the very beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Lebanon. However, many obstacles came their way.
“We had a hard time finding, replacing, and repairing necessary pieces for the drones. Whenever a motor broke down, we would spend days doing nothing but searching for a new one, sometimes to no avail due to the lockdown. The high prices were not helping, either.”
These three students wanted to learn from other people’s struggles, like the pressure that hospitals and pharmacies in Italy faced during the outbreak.
For it to be 100% safe, the parachute came as a way to avoid contact and thus infection from one household to another.
The medical drones system is used worldwide. Drones are also used in various countries to combat the virus, like in Dubai, relieve effort, and keep people safe in their homes. In Ghana, for example, drones are delivering COVID-19 tests.
In some countries also, authorities are using drones to monitor people’s movements and make sure they are not breaking the pandemic measures.
Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can't avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ILbLmlkL9R
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