Rwanda deploys robots to screen, deliver food and drugs to COVID-19 patients

Rwanda deploys robots to screen, deliver food and drugs to COVID-19 patients

- Rwandan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said the five high tech robots would help doctors and nurses in reducing their contact with COVID-19 patients and minimising their risk of infection

- The robots were given Rwandan names: Akazuba (meaning sun in English), Ikizere (meaning hope), Mwiza (meaning beautiful), Ngabo (meaning shield) and Urumuri (meaning light)

- As of Wednesday, May 20, morning, Rwanda had confirmed 308 cases of the disease with 209 recoveries and no single reported death

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Rwanda has scaled its fight against coronavirus pandemic by deploying robots to screen, deliver food and drugs to COVID-19 patients across the country.

Rwandan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said the five high tech robots would help doctors and nurses in reducing their contact with COVID-19 patients and minimising their risk of infection with the deadly virus.

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Rwanda deploys robots to screen, deliver food and drugs to COVID-19 patients

The robots were given Rwandan names: Akazuba (meaning sun in English), Ikizere (meaning hope), Mwiza (meaning beautiful), Ngabo (meaning shield) and Urumuri (meaning light). Photo: BBC.
Source: UGC

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Speaking at Kanyinya Hospital, in the capital city Kigali, the minister said the robots had the capacity to screen up to 150 people per minute, CGTN reported.

"The robots, donated to the Health Ministry by the United Nations Development Program and the Rwandan Ministry of ICT and Innovation, 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," said Ngamije.
Rwanda deploys robots to screen, deliver food and drugs to COVID-19 patients

Ngamije said the robots had the capacity to screen up to 150 people per minute. Photo: Daniel Ngamije.
Source: Facebook

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Ngamije said the robots were given Rwandan names: Akazuba (meaning sun in English), Ikizere (meaning hope), Mwiza (meaning beautiful), Ngabo (meaning shield) and Urumuri (meaning light).

“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,” he said.

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As of Wednesday, May 20, morning, Rwanda had confirmed 308 cases of the disease with 209 recoveries and no single reported death.

Kenya, on the other hand, had recorded 963 cases, 358 recoveries, and 50 deaths.

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