The Government of Rwanda yesterday officially launched the first
COVID-19 robots in a move aimed at reducing contact between medical personal and patients. Speaking to media, Dr Daniel Ngamije the According to the Minister of Health,“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.”
This move comes after the country initially launched drones earlier this year to keep residents of the capital Kigali informed of coronavirus lock down measures. Made by Zora Bots, a Belgian company specialized 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.
Described as a Tech-Savvy country, Rwanda is one of the countries on the continent that has resorted to technology as a tool to combat the pandemic. An innovative solution that has contributed to the current relatively small number of cases recorded so far in the country. The country has recorded 326 cases, 217 recoveries and no dead.
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.