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Rwanda receives five humanoid robots for coronavirus screening

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FIVE humanoid robots have been delivered to Rwanda to assist in coronavirus screening, delivering of food and drugs to patients as well as act as video-conferencing links between patients and doctors.

  The robots are manufactured by a Belgium based company.

“The main purpose of the robots is to reduce health workers’ exposure to Covid-19 patients,” Rwanda’s Minister of Health, Daniel Ngamije said.

Each robot has been given Rwandan names – Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri.

The robots have the ability to screen 50 to 150 people per minute, record and store patient data, alert health workers to abnormalities, warn people who aren’t wearing marks, or are wearing them improperly.

The health minister says “the country needs more robots for other activities like disinfection in public space and we’re working to get them.”

He further added that there are 297confirmed cases in the country and 203 recoveries and no deaths.

  Rwanda has two COVID-19 treatment facilities – one is on the outskirts of the capital, Kigali, and the other in the south-eastern town of Nyamata.

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