Rwanda has taken its fight against coronavirus a notch higher by deploying robots to support the battle.
On Tuesday the government launched the use of robots in the COVID-19 fight, hoping to reduce contact between medics and patients.
According to government officials the use of robots should limit the risk of healthcare workers from contracting the virus.
The five high-tech robots are able to perform several tasks related to COVID-19 management such as mass temperature screening and delivering of food and medication to patients.
The robots can also capture data, detect people who are not wearing masks, among others and by so doing make the fight more effective.
Produced by Zora Bots, a Belgian company specialised in robotics solutions, the robots are designed with various advanced features.
These features are to support doctors and nurses at designated treatment centres as well as aid screening exercises at various sites across the country.
Each robot according to government officials cost $3,300 and each has the capacity to screen between 50 to 150 people per minute.
They can also within this period capture both video and audio data, and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities for timely response and case management.
Dr Daniel Ngamije the Minister of Health told journalists “Medics and other front-liners visit patients’ room many times to deliver medication, meals, carry out tests, among other things – and this may pose a risk of contracting the virus.”
“These robots will fasten service delivery while protecting our valuable health workers against COVID-19 exposure,” he added.
Rwanda is already using drones to support the fight against covid-19.