Covid-19: Rwanda uses robot to screen and treat coronavirus patients in the country

Rwanda applies the use of robots in their fight against the novel coronavirus


To assist the health workers in Rwanda prevent the risk of exposure to the Covid-19, Five humanoid robots have been sent to the country to assist with both the patient screening and also in the delivery of foods and drugs to those suffering from the virus.

Daniel Ngamije, the country’s health minister announced this news on Tuesday where he said that the move and development were made to help reduce the exposure of health workers to Covid-19 patients.

He also disclosed that the robots have been already named with following Rwandan names – Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri. The robots would also be used as a means of video conferencing to as a link between the health workers and patients from time to time.

The Minister also added that they would be needing more robots for other purposes and duties such as disinfection in public space and that they have already started to work towards that.

Still during his speech, he made mention that the humanoid robots were manufactured by a Belgium-based company and they were equipped with a good number of features and abilities including the capacity to screen 50 to 150 people per minute.

It was also said that they would have the capacity to record and store patient data, alert health workers in case of emergency and warn people who aren’t wearing masks or are wearing them improperly.
According to Wordmeter, as of May 19, Rwanda has recorded 308 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus , 203 recoveries and no deaths.

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