In its effort to fight the novel coronavirus, Rwanda has deployed the use of humanoid robots aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients.
The five robots were launched at the Kanyinya COVID-19 Treatment Centre by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, May 19, as Rwanda took a fast leap ahead of its sister African countries in the fight the ravaging pandemic.
Rwanda is one of the less-hit states in Africa with the country currently treating 308 cases of covid-19. It impressively boasts 209 recoveries and no casualty according to Worldometre.
But in a commendable move, the East Africa with a population of 12 million deployed the five high-tech robots with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to put the fight against Covid-19 on fast gear.
The robots, made by a Belgian company specialised in robotics solutions Zora Bots, are designed with various advanced features to support doctors and nurses at designated treatment centres, and can also be leveraged into screening sites in the country.
The high-tech robots can perform a number of tasks related to Covid-19 management, including mass temperature screening, delivering food and medic’ation to patients, capturing data, detecting people who are not wearing masks, among others.
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Each robot has been given Rwandan name: Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, BBC reports.
They are capable of screening 50 to 150 people per minute as they can similarly record and store video and audio data of patient data.
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