By now, even here in Africa, Coronavirus has hit and is killing our people every day. Doctors and nurses are for sure our superheroes right now as they are risking their own lives, getting infected as they try to heal COVID-19 patients.
Rwanda however, in a bid to try and keep their health workers safe by reducing the amount of contact they make with patients, their government has deployed robots that are expected to screen, deliver food as well as drugs for the coronavirus patients.
“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, ” Rwandan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije
“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.
They decided to give the robots 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.
Rwanda has confirmed 308 cases of the disease with 209 recoveries and no single reported death.
Kenya, on the other hand, has recorded 963 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.