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Rwanda secures COVID-19 robots that can screen ‘150 people per minute’


Rwanda has received five humanoid robots to help in patient screening and delivery of foods and drugs to those suffering from COVID-19.

Daniel Ngamije, the country’s health minister said it will assist in reducing the exposure of health workers to COVID-19 patients, and a medium for video-conferencing links between patients and doctors.

Ngamije revealed that the robots got Rwandan names — including Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri.

“We need additional robots for other duties like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them,” the minister was quoted to have said according to BBC.

The health ministry noted that the humanoids, which were manufactured by a Belgium-based company, are equipped with a number of abilities including the capacity to screen 50 to 150 people per minute.

also, the robots would be able to record and store patient data, alert health workers to abnormalities, and warn people who aren’t wearing masks or are wearing them improperly.

Rwanda has recorded 308 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, 203 recoveries and no deaths, according to Wordometer as of May 19.


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