In a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients, the government of Rwanda has launched the use of robots in the fight against COVID-19.
The 5 robots which were named Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, are manufactured by a Belgium-based company.
The robots have the capacity to screen between 50 to 150 people per minute, capture both video and audio data. These robots will assist in coronavirus screening, deliver food and drugs to patients, as well as act as video-conferencing links between patients and doctors. Their main purpose is to reduce health workers’ exposure to Covid-19.
Rwanda’s health ministry says the units have a number of abilities, including:
- Screening 50 to 150 people per minute
- Recording and storing patient data
- Alerting health workers to abnormalities
- Warning people who aren’t wearing masks, or are wearing them improperly