On 2nd June 2019, the inauguration of “Drones Optimized Therapy System” (DrOTS Nepal) project was successfully conducted in Pyuthan district with the objective of sharing the details of the project with concerned stakeholders.
The program was an extravagant affair, having active participation of government from Ministry of Health and Population, National TB Center, Health Office Pyuthan and other stakeholders & partners. The program was chaired by Bishal Subedi, Chief of Health office, Pyuthan; followed by Chief Guest Mahendra Shrestha, Chief, Department of Health Coordination, MoHP; Special Guest, Dr. Bhim Singh Tinkari , Director, NTC; and guests, Peter Small, Principal Investigator, Stony Brook University; Badri Nath Gaire, CDO, Pyuthan; Ghamsyam Pokharel, Chief of NTD and Vector Borne Disease Control Section, EDCD; Netra Bahadur Roka, Mayor, Swargadwari Municipality and Arjun Kumar Kakshyapati, Mayor, Pyuthan Municipality.
The program was formally inaugurated by Chief Guest Mr. Mahendra Shrestha, Chief, Department of Health Coordination, MoHP, with presence of BNMT team, the stakeholders including partners. Its first time in the history of TB control in Nepal, that the drones are being utilized for detecting the TB patients from remote & geographically challenged areas.
DrOTS project is funded by Nick Simons Foundation and implemented by BNMT Nepal with the technical support from the partners, Stony Brook University, We Robotics, Nepal Flying Labs and DroNepal Pvt. Ltd.