The resort to use of robots was a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients, which is expected to limit the risk of healthcare workers from contracting the virus.
The country’s minister of health, Dr Daniel Ngamije launch the new health initiative on Tuesday, May 19 at the Kanyinya COVID-19 Treatment Centre.
The lunch was with support from the United Nations Development Programme. The five high-tech robots can perform a number of tasks related to COVID-19 management, including mass temperature screening, delivering food and medication to patients, capturing data, detecting people who are not wearing masks, among others.
Made by Zora Bots, a Belgian company specialised in robotics solutions, they 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.
According to information from the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, the robots have the capacity to screen between 50 to 150 people per minute, capture both video and audio data, and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities for timely response and case management.
The health minister while speaking to media said that the idea of using the robots is aimed at reducing exposure of health workers to possible Covid-19 infection,
Medics and other front-liners visit patients’ room many times to deliver medication, meals, carry out tests, among other things – and this may pose a risk of contracting the virus.
These robots will fasten service delivery while protecting our valuable health workers against COVID-19 exposure.
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