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Drones will deliver medicines from Joliette to Manawan

The development of an air corridor that will allow drones – and eventually air taxis – to transport medical care products from the city of Joliette to the Atikamekw community in Manawan is the ambitious challenge faced by Vertiko Mobilité a year ago.

The Quebec company made the announcement on Friday at a press conference in Mirabel, where it presented its partners. Among them, we found companies specializing in aviation, but also the CISSS de Lanaudière and the Atikamekw Council of Manawan.

For Vice-Chief Paul-Émile Ottawa, the members of the Council did not did not hesitate to start the projectsince he can meet the very important needs of the community.

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In the recent past, we have experienced adverse events due to members of our community having to travel long distances to receive adequate health care, or due to the fact that certain medications or emergency treatment is not available. explained Mr. Ottawa in an interview, referring to the death of Joyce Echaquan at a Joliette hospital in 2020.

The vice-chief also considers this partnership with the CISSS de Lanaudière and the various towns in the region as an outstretched hand.

For his part, the leader of the community, Sipi Flamand, confirmed that technological progress is not disagree along with the traditions of the First Nations people.

Picture Of Sipi Flamand.

We just have to think about these developments that are harmonious and do not harm the traditions. The best way to do this is to involve those affected and those who are knowledgeable in the process, rather than anticipating their reactions.he continued in a press release.

Deliveries from 2026

Currently, it takes about three hours by car to get from Joliette to Manawan, but by drone, it’s only one hour, said Yannick Richard, executive vice-president of Vertiko Mobilité.

In addition, the route taken involved in many tragediesespecially the dangerous gravel section of 86 km connecting Manawan to Saint-Michel-Des-Saints, he added.

The idea came to him from a family medicine group located in Saint-Donat, which offers telemedicine services to the community of Manawan, who realized that the time taken to bring the medicines was longsaid by M. Richard.

To complete this project, the partners and Transport Canada must determine the route of the air corridor, which will also pass through the municipalities of Saint-Donat and Saint-Michel-Des-Saints.

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To do this, Mr. Richard promised to consult the population. Social acceptance is at the heart of the projecthe said, adding that they would make sure avoid roads where there are residences.

According to the latter, the drones – piloted from a command center – will fly over the territory at a height of between 200 and 300 feet, and they will be able to reach a speed of 150 km/h .

The testing period should begin in spring 2024 and last until 2025. Deliveries should begin in 2026, when all axes are aligned with partners and communitiessaid Mr. Richard.

In addition to transporting medicines, Vertiko Mobilité and its partners also plan to transport patients in air taxis through the corridor.

But it happens very longwarned the executive vice-president. We started with drones, and then we ramped upexplains the one who plans the realization of this second stage for 2028 or 2029.

Less reliance on the road network

For CISSS de Lanaudière, this is a fair one atypicalrecognized his deputy president and CEO, Philippe Éthier, who nevertheless welcomed him very favorable.

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Philippe Éthier, President and CEO CISSS de Lanaudière.

For us, there is potential profit in the delivery of medicines and health care products. Delays and frequency will be reduced.

It covers 12,500 square kilometers2 and nearly 550,000 people received services and care there, he recalled.

This project will allow them to less dependent on the road networkin addition to able to deliver products more efficientlywith impact on quality of carecontinued the deputy president and CEO.

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