COVID-19: Rwanda introducing robots in treatment centers and other public places to reduce human-to-human contacts(video)

As part of the containment measures to reduce human-to-human contact while handling coronavirus cases, Rwanda is introducing robots in their treatment centers and other public places.

Rwanda’s Health Minister Daniel Ngamije, who disclosed this on Friday, said the robots have been given Rwandan names and will be used as liaison between doctors and patients to avoid any possible human contacts.

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Already, five robots have been imported and named Urumuri, Icyizere, Kazuba, Ngabo and Mwiza, will be programmed and employed first, the minister said on Rwanda Television.

“These robots will support us in different ways but most importantly they will be approaching patients to test temperature and status of breathing among other tasks, which will help us minimize human-to-human contact,” said Dr. Ngamije, adding that more robots will be arriving in the country soon.

“They will help us reduce the number of times the doctor or nurse gets in contact with the patient and also help our medical personnel to handle many cases at the same time and also have time to rest as the robots assist.”

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Apart from being used in treatment centers, the robots will also measure temperatures in other public places such as bus stops and entrances of shopping arcades, he said.


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