Dear Editor – In Radio New Zealand’s ‘Dateline Pacific’ broadcast this Monday evening, 25 March 2017, it was claimed that, in a few years, there could be the possibility of vaccines and other medical supplies delivered rapidly to remote outer islands in Vanuatu by drones.
The Vanuatu Government, along with the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, is said to be investigating the possibility of using drone technology to create a faster, more reliable delivery service to remote parts.
UNICEF____s Pacific representative, Sheldon Yett, said the idea is in its infancy and the technology may not yet be there, but if it is, it could be revolutionary.
The Solomon Islands must not be left behind in considering drone technology and usage.
In some countries, to my knowledge, drones are being used to delivery mail and packages normally delivered by courier companies and also being extensively deployed for military purposes.