- Rwanda has taken delivery of five high-tech robots that will be deployed towards the fight against coronavirus pandemic
- Despite having just 308 cases, the East African nation hopes the humanoid robots will help to reduce contact between medics and patients
- Among other top functions, the robots are capable of screening 50 to 150 people per minute and recording audio-visual data of patients
In a concentrated effort against novel coronavirus, Rwanda has acquired five humanoid robots aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients.
The high-tech robots were launched at the Kanyinya Covid-19 Treatment Centre by the country's Ministry of Health on Tuesday, May 19, as Rwanda took a fast leap ahead of its sister African countries in the battle against the ravaging pandemic.
Rwanda is one of the less-hit states in Africa, with the country currently managing 308 cases of COVID-19.
It impressively boasts of 209 recoveries and no casualty, according to Worldometre statistics.
But in a commendable move, the East African nation with a population of 12 million deployed the five high-tech robots with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to put the fight against Covid-19 on a fast lane.
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The robots, made by a Belgian company specialised in robotics solutions Zora Bots, are designed with various advanced features to support doctors and nurses at designated treatment centers, and can also be leveraged into screening sites in the country.
The high-tech humanoids can perform a number of tasks related to Covid-19 management, including mass temperature screening, delivering food and medication to patients, capturing data, detecting people who are not wearing masks, among others.
They are capable of screening 50 to 150 people per minute as they can similarly record and store video and audio data of patient data.
Each robot has been given Rwandan name: Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, BBC reports.
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Earlier, YEN reported that the World Health Organisation has released another list of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Africa, and South Africa is still topping the list as the country with the highest cases of the deadly disease.
Africa has 86,721 confirmed cases of the deadly disease and 2,721 patients succumbed to it while more than 33,000 people recovered.
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