Five humanoid robots was delivered to Rwanda to assist in screening for Covid-19, delivering of food and drugs to patients, as well as acting as a source of communication between patients and doctors via video conference.
And the robots where named – Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri. All Rwandan names.
Rwanda’s Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said the purpose of having these robots is to reduce exposure of health workers to Covid-19 patients.
“We need additional robots for other duties like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them,” he said.
The robots are manufactured by a Belgium-based company. The units have a number of abilities, according to the Ministry of Health, Rwanda, includes:
– 50 to 150 people screening per minute
– Recording and storing patient data
– Alerting abnormalities
– Warning people who aren’t wearing face mask, or are wearing them wrongly.
Rwanda has two Covid-19 treatment facilities – one is on the outskirts of the capital, Kigali, and the other in the south-eastern town of Nyamata.
The health ministry claims 297 confirmed cases in the country, 203 recoveries and no deaths.