In a rare step, the Palestinian municipality of Beit Ummar uses camera drones to deliver supplements and medication to COVID-19 patients in the West Bank city of Hebron to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Attached to a basket, the supplements and medication are then distributed between those seeking medical attention, who cannot leave their homes.
Ahmed al-Alami, an official of the municipality's public relations and information department said the drones have proven to be a useful tool to contain the spread of the disease.
"The patients can still get all the medicine and supplements, including vitamin C and Zinc, that will strengthen their immunity without leaving the comfort of their homes and exposing others to the disease," he said.
"The medications are delivered to the roofs of their homes or at their doorsteps," he added.
However, the initiative also carries a psychological benefit as the delivery boosts the morale of the recipients – making them feel that they are not alone in their battle against the disease.
The town of Beit Ummar which is home to 20,000 people, has registered 140 cases, according to the town mayor Nasri Sabarna.
"We have resorted to using the drone after a number of municipality crews were infected with the virus when they provided dietary supplements directly to the infected patients while visiting them at their homes," said Sabarna.
Apart from medicine, the municipality is also working on providing food packages to the homes of those infected, in addition to carrying out almost daily sterilization operations on the streets and health institutions.
Leith al-Salibi from Beit Ummar was one of the patients who received vitamins via the drone.
"To get your dietary supplements was a rare and new experience for me," said the 35-year-old father of three as he stood on the roof of his house to receive the vitamins.
"We are facing a hazardous second wave of the virus, so we must abide by the precautionary and protective measures," the young man said.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk