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Rwanda deploys robots as frontline workers to fight against COVID-19

The Rwanda Health Ministry announced that they will be utilizing five humanoid robots that will assist in coronavirus screening, deliver food and drugs to patients. These robots will even used in video-conference between patients and doctors.

The department designate each robot their own Rwandan name - Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri.

The used of robots aim to reduce health workers exposure to COVID-19 patients, Rwanda's Health Minister Daniel Ngamije told BBC.

The robots was donated by the United Nations Development Program and the Rwandan Ministry of ICT and Innovation, which has the capacity to screen 50 to 150 people per minute.

The smart robots can also warn people who are not wearing masks, as well as those who are wearing incorrect masks. 

"Because of these capabilities, they will enhance health workers' efficiency and effectiveness in fighting COVID-19 in our country," he said, adding that they would also facilitate the transformation from paper-based to digital patients' files.

"It is exciting to see different institutions join hands to seek solutions to address COVID-19. It is yet another milestone that technology is used to improve healthcare in Rwanda," said the minister.

Rwanda are among the countries that have lower infection rate with only 297 confirmed cases, 203 recoveries and no deaths. 

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