Rwanda has enrolled anti-epidemic robots in its fight against coronavirus

The robots have the capacity to deliver medicine and food to Covid-19 patients
With 314 confirmed cases As of May 22, the East African country has asked for five anti-epidemic robots to help fight the virus.

The robots – Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri – were received last week by the Minister of Health and the Ministry of ICT and Innovation.

Keep healthcare workers safe

Robots perform a variety of tasks related to coronavirus management. They can screen up to 150 people every minute for virus symptoms such as high fever and dry cough.

According to dr. Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda’s health minister, also have the ability to acquire patient’s sound and visual data and can inform healthcare professionals about the anomalies detected.

“These robots will screen temperature in our treatment centers. The robots will detect people walking without wearing masks so that the command post can be quickly informed and responded by voice,” he said. She said.
More than 90,000 health workers worldwide they contacted Covid-19 in the course of treating affected patients. To reduce these numbers, the Rwandan government wants its health professionals to have limited physical contact with the patients entrusted to them.

Robots have the ability to provide medicine, food and other essentials in place of frontline workers to treated Covid-19 patients, Ngamije said.

They are programmed to communicate properly and can also educate healthcare professionals and patients about the dangers of the virus and how to stay safe, he said added.

UNDP robotics engineers will train staff from the Rwandan Ministry of Health on how to use robots so they can put them to work.

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Robots fighting Covid-19

Rwanda is not the first country to use robots to manage the spread of coronavirus.

During the blockade of Tunisia in April, police robot they were deployed in the patrolling areas of the country’s capital to ensure that residents were observing the blockade.
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They were checked by officers who checked the identity of the residents found wandering through the robot’s camera.

And in January, doctors used to robot to be treated the first person in the United States to have coronavirus. The robot in a Seattle hospital was used to check man’s vital signs, limiting contact with healthcare professionals.

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