New Drone Port as Rwanda Seeks to Supply Blood to More Hospitals

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Zipline Rwanda, a robotics firm operating unmanned aircrafts-drones that deliver blood to Rwandan hospitals has announced new plans to rollout a national blood delivery program as soon as its new drone port in Eastern Province is authorised.

Launched in 2016, Zippline drone port located in Muhanga district, Shyogwe sector-Southern Province is supplying blood in 21 hospitals, but new target is to serve 30 hospitals and 400 health centers when the new site opens.

Israel Bimpe, the National Implementation Program Manager at Zippline told KT Press, that, “the company has acquired new drones, bigger in carrying capacity and covers longer distances.”

The first generation drone, he said, has a carrying capacity of 1.5 kgs and can fly over a distance of 20 kilometers.

President Paul Kagame during the launch of drones in Muhanga district 2016

The second and third generation drones have a capacity to over 160 kilometers and can carry 1.7 kgs and 2kgs respectively.

“In the future, we shall be able to cover the whole country,” said Bimpe.




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