Rwanda deploys robots to fight COVID-19

Rwanda deploys robots to fight COVID-19

Rwanda is set to fight COVID-19 with humanoid robots that will help minimise risks of infections among health care workers, authorities.
Five anti-epidemic robots – named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri – will be mainly used to administer temperature checks, monitor patient status, and keep medical records of COVID-19 patients, the Health Ministry announced in a series of tweets.
“These high-tech robots have the capacity to screen 50 to 150 people per minute, deliver food and medication to patient rooms, capture data and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities,” the ministry disclosed.
Health Minister Ngamije Daniel said the robots will fasten service delivery and help protect the lives of valuable health workers.
“Medics and other frontline workers visit patients’ room many times to deliver medication, meals, carry out tests, among other things – and this may increase their risk of contracting the virus,” he said.
The robots are the result of joint efforts by the Rwandan Ministry of Information, Communications, Technology and Innovation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Source: Guardian Newspaper