African engineer builds robot that takes COVID-19 test samples, gives out advice

African engineer builds robot that takes COVID-19 test samples, gives out advice

- An Egyptian engineer, Mahmoud El Komy, has built a robot that takes Covid-19 test samples from suspected carriers of the virus

- The robot can also detect a face that is not wearing a mask and give out healthcare advise accordingly

- According to the engineer, building the robot took him a whole month, adding that it can carry out various tasks targetted at defeating the virus

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Mahmoud El Komy, an Egyptian engineer, has contributed greatly towards the fight against coronavirus as he created a robot that can take COVID-19 test samples from people suspected to have the virus.

Praised as a great one towards containing the virus and stopping the accidental spread of it to health workers, it takes swabs from patients’ mouths, Face2Face Africa reports.

The Egyptian engineer invested a whole month’s work to build the robot. Equipped with a temperature sensor, the machine can also detect faces that are without a mask. It has a teaching capacity as it dishes out healthcare advice to people.

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A collage of the robot and coronavirus. Photo source: Face2Face Africa/NewScientist

A collage of the robot and coronavirus. Photo source: Face2Face Africa/NewScientist
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“The robot has customized tasks for dealing with coronavirus. It has a mission, including detecting suspected COVID cases, whether in public places, malls, banks, or airports. He can measure a person’s temperature and if he detects that a person has a fever, he sounds an alarm,” El Komy said.

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that in a concentrated effort against novel coronavirus, Rwanda 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.

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In other news, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has appointed Professor Rita Akosua Dickson as vice-chancellor, which makes her the first lady to occupy the position in the history of the university.

The campus-based radio station, Focusnewsroom.com reports that the female professor served as pro-vice-chancellor of the university until her recent appointment.

Professor Rita Akosua Dickson has been duly appointed as the incumbent vice-chancellor Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso's tenure has expired.

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