Five humanoid robots have been delivered to Rwanda to assist in the detection of patients and the delivery of food and medicine to people with COVID-19.
According to the BBC, Daniel Ngamije, the country’s health minister, who released the news on Tuesday, said the measure is aimed at reducing the exposure of health workers to patients with COVID-19.
He also revealed that the robots had received Rwandan names, including Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, and would also serve as videoconference links between patients and doctors.
“We need additional robots for other tasks like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them,” said the minister.
According to the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the humanoids, which were manufactured by a company based in Belgium, have a number of skills that include the ability to detect 50 to 150 people per minute.
They could also have recorded and stored patient data, alerted health workers to abnormalities, and warned people not to wear or use masks incorrectly.
As of May 19, Rwanda has registered 308 confirmed cases of new coronavirus, 203 recoveries and no deaths, according to Wordometer.