Rwanda to deploy robots in COVID-19 treatment centres

Coronavirus outbreak

Rwanda Health minister Daniel Ngamije has said the health ministry plans to employ robots in coronavirus treatment centers and other public places.

"We are introducing the use of robots in the management of our #COVID19 Treatment Centers to reduce transmission risks. Robots will screen temperature, monitor status, keep medical records of patients," he said

The five imported robots that have been given Rwandan names will serve as an interface between the doctor and the patient, thereby reducing human contacts and risks of the virus’s transmission, the minister said in a news program of national Radio Rwanda.

Besides being applied in the treatment centers, the robots will also be used to measure temperatures in other public places such as bus stops and entrances of shopping arcades, he said.

Some of the robots have already been in Rwanda and will be programmed and employed first, he added.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the central African country has deployed drones to raise public awareness about the disease.

As of  May 8, Rwanda had registered 273 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 136 recoveries, according to the country’s health ministry.

 

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