Rwanda to deploy drones in malaria fight

2019-01-10 17:34:04

The government of Rwanda has implemented the use of drones to rid communities of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

A local drone technology company, Charis Unmanned Aerial Solutions, has been tapped to provide services for the government to provide insecticide treatment plans across the nation.

The drones will spray and spread larvicide across fields believed to be habitat for malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Back in the day, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, were used to take pictures and to do a few other mapping activities. Worse still, drones were also used for their use in warfare, either dropping bombs, or doing reconnaissance activities on enemy territory.

The Rwandan-employed drone, however, will be fitted with a 10-litre tank that can carry insecticide, follow pre-mapped routes and spray and spread it over fields that host mosquito larvae, which mostly live in stagnant water.