Rwanda deploys robots to support treatment and care for COVID -19 patients


The Government of Rwanda has deployed robots in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rwanda Biomedical Centre, which made this known on Tuesday via Twitter, said the robots would, importantly, reduce the exposure of health workers to possible infections.

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According to the centre, the robots which were named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, would monitor the recovery status of COVID-19 patients and keep their medical records, thereby increase timeliness and efficiency in the ongoing fight against the virus.

The East African country said the use of robots in supporting the treatment and care for COVID-19 patients would reduce the risk faced by health workers amid the pandemic.

Commenting on the development, Rwanda’s Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, said, “The infectious nature of COVIDー19 calls for technological innovations to tackle the pandemic. This is why Rwanda has introduced robots, drones among high-tech initiatives to enhance efficiency in the fight.”

Also, RBC Director-General, Sabin Nsanzimana, said, “There is no better cause than investing in health. These robots will reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 among health workers and facilitate the transition from paper-based patient files to digital records at the Rwanda Ministry of Health.”

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