Rwanda deploys robots in treating Covid-19 patients

Rwanda will this week begin using humanoid robots in coronavirus treatment centres to minimise human interaction.

Dr Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, on Friday said four CRUZR robots had been tested in treating Covid-19 patients and doctors trained on how to operate them.
The robots will be used in monitoring patient’s vital signs including temperature, heart rate, blood, and oxygen levels and relay response to doctors and nurses remotely.

“One robot can screen 200 patients for temperature in one minute. When the doctor wants to discuss with the patient in words where the robot is stationed, the machine has videoconference capacity of connecting the doctor to have a live conversation with the patient,” said Dr Ngamije.

He added that a doctor can check up on a Covid-19 patient more than four times a day, depending on their condition, thus increasing the chances of contacting the virus.
The robots are manufactured by Kigali-based Belgian robotic tech firm Zorabots and will be deployed throughout the pandemic.

Source: East African