A third African country has launched a drone to distribute medical supplies to remote areas


Ethiopia has joined Rwanda and Malawi to become the third African country to successfully launch a drone that will distribute medical equipment and supplies to remote areas of the country.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology has invested four million Birr ($144,990) for the pilot project that is expected to be completed by the end of the year to fully kickstart the programme.

“Our team did the full drone design,” Getahun Mekuria (PhD), minister of Science and Technology, told Ethiopian media, Fortune.

“And some of the components and its engine were manufactured and imported from genuine suppliers.”

The drone, carrying cargo weighing five kilograms and flying at 5,000m altitude, was assembled with components from China and an engine from the United States…

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