RWANDA USES ROBOTS TO DO CORONA SWAB TEST

Rwanda Is Using Robots to Screen COVID-19 Patients

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The robots are manufactured by a Belgium-based company and also have the capability to alert health workers of abnormalities and warn people who aren’t wearing marks, or are wearing them improperly, reports BBC Africa.

The five new robots have the ability “to screen 50 to 150 people per minute,” says the Health Ministry.

Rwanda will be using robots to aid in the fight against COVID-19, the country’s Health Ministry announced.

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Five anti-epidemic robots, which were each given Rwandan names: Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri, have been equipped with screening capabilities, and will help administer temperature checks, monitor patient status, and keep medical records.

Rwanda is using robots in the fight against New Coronavirus where the programmable machines will be used to do some of the tasks in the handling of COVID-19 cases in a bid to minimise human-to-human contact.

“We are introduced the use of robots in the management of our #COVID19 Treatment Centres to reduce transmission risks. Robots will screen temperature, monitor status, keep medical records of Patients,” Dr. Nsanzimana revealed sharing a video of one of the robots. 

In the video, the robot filmed in the treatment centre is ordered to go to its charging point and it obliges in the demo footage, responding to human orders.

“Go to your charging station,” the robot is told “Ok, I am going to my charging station,” it says and it retreats to its charging point.

 According to Dr. Nsanzimana, the robots will be used to handle some tasks including approaching patients and taking their temperature and then reporting back with the results. 

“We are introducing the use of robots in the management of our #COVID19 Treatment Centres to reduce transmission risks. Robots will screen temperature, monitor status, keep medical records of Patients,” Dr. Nsanzimana revealed on Friday, sharing a video of one of the robots.

Speaking on Rwanda Television , the Minister of Health Dr. Daniel Ngamije revealed that five robots have been named Urumuri, Icyizere, Kazuba, Ngabo, and Mwiza and they will be helping in the handling of COVID-19 tests.

“These robots will support us in different ways but most importantly they will be used to test patients’ temperature and status of breathing among other tasks, which will help us minimize human-to-human contact,” Dr. Ngamije said, adding that more robots will be arriving in the country soon.

“They will help us reduce the number of times a doctor or nurse gets in contact with the patient and also help our medical personnel to handle many cases at the same time and also have time to rest,,” the Minister said.

“For disease prevention, robot-controlled non-contact ultraviolet (UV) surface disinfection is being used because COVID-19 spreads not only from person to person via close contact respiratory droplet transfer but also via contaminated surfaces,” a study published in the Science Robotics says.

China is using robots to disinfect places, which has helped to contain the spread of the virus which was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province of the Asian country.

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“For disease prevention, robot-controlled non-contact ultraviolet (UV) surface disinfection is being used because COVID-19 spreads not only from person to person via close contact respiratory droplet transfer but also via contaminated surfaces,” a study published in the Science Robotics says.

China is using robots to disinfect places, which has helped to contain the spread of the virus which was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province of the Asian country.

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