Rwanda has intensified its fight against Coronavirus with the use of five robots that will screen, deliver food and drugs to COVID-19 patients among other tasks. Earlier, Rwandan health minister Daniel Ngamije had revealed the robots will help doctors and nurses in reducing their contact with COVID-19 patients and minimizing their risk of infection with the deadly virus. The five robots namely; Akazuba, Urumuri, Ngabo, Ikirezi and Mwiza will be also used in administering temperature checks and keeping medical records of Covid-19 patients.

Each robot has been given Rwandan name – Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri. Image: BBC

The Minister of Health Dr Daniel Ngamije while receiving the robots said the machines which use artificial intelligence to handle tasks are a major milestone in the country’s efforts to contain New Coronavirus, commending the partners who contributed to the procurement of the robots.
Dr. Ngamije said that it’s exciting to see different institutions join hands to seek solutions to address COVIDー19, being a milestone in the use of technology to enhance health in Rwanda.
The high-tech robots have the capacity to screen 50 to 150 people per minute, deliver food and medication to patient rooms, capture data and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities.
“Because of these capabilities, they will enhance health workers’ efficiency and effectiveness in fighting COVID-19 in our country,” he said, adding that they would also facilitate the transformation from paper-based to digital patients’ files.

“It is exciting to see different institutions join hands to seek solutions to address COVID-19. It is yet another milestone that technology is used to improve healthcare in Rwanda,” said the minister.
As of Monday evening, Rwanda has registered 297 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 203 recoveries.

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