Rwanda has introduced robots as part of its fight against coronavirus. They were donated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to the Kanyinya treatment center that treats Covid-19 patients in the capital city, Kigali.
The robots even have names: Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri. The machines were designed to used for mass temperature screening, monitoring patient status, and keeping medical records of Covid-19 patients. The robots can screen up to 150 people every minute for symptoms of the virus such as high temperature and dry cough. They also have the capacity to capture sound and visual data of patients , will detect people walking in not wearing masks, so that with the voice, the command post can quickly be informed and respondand can notify health workers on detected abnormalities.
The Rwandan government wants its health workers to have limited physical contact with patients under their care. Even food and medicine will be automatically delivered to them. Health Minister Ngamije Daniel said the robots will fasten service delivery and help protect the lives of valuable health workers. Rwanda also has introduced drones among other high-tech initiatives to enhance efficiency in the fight,” ICT and Innovation Minister Paula Ingabire said. Ewanda, a country of 12 millions, has recorded 308 coronavirus cases with zero deaths and 209 recoveries.