Muscat – An Omani firm has succeed for the first time in delivering medicines in areas affected by tropical cyclone Shaheen using drones.
According to an official at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Wareed, a digital platform that provides doorstep healthcare in cooperation with UVL Robotics and the support of the ministry, Civil Aviation Authority and Royal Oman Police, delivered medicines in cyclone-stricken areas using drones.
Commenting on the development, Salim Amer Mosbeh al Balushi, a citizen of the wilayat of Khabourah, said, “We thank the authorities for this great effort to provide medicines using drones in these areas that experienced difficult circumstances.”
He added that the service will help the elderly who cannot venture out to get their medicines.
Funded by Oman Technology Fund, Wareed delivers medicines for chronic conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and heart disease.
Title deeds replaced for free
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has announced that it will help people in Batinah who lost their title deeds during cyclone Shaheen to obtain new deeds for free.
In a statement, the ministry directed people of North and South Batinah who lost their title deeds to visit the housing directors of their areas to obtain new title deeds free of charge.
Avoid using well water
The Food Safety and Quality Centre (FSQC) has warned people in areas affected by Shaheen not to use or drink well water.
A statement issued by FSQC said, ‘The centre warns people in the affected areas to avoid using well water for drinking or domestic use owing to the possibility of contamination caused by cyclone Shaheen to ground water. Examining the water is necessary to ensure that it is free of contamination.’