Robots assist doctors treat COVID 19 patients in Rwanda
NEWSMAN, Abuja – In a bid to protect doctors treating COVID-19 patients, Rwanda has employed the use of robots to minimise the virus spread to doctors.
Health Minister of Rwanda, Daniel Ngamije at a news conference held in Moscow said the robots are used to reduce contact of health personnel with patients.
Ngamiji noted that some health personnel have been infected with COVID-19 and so the robots are there to help “reduce contact of health personnel with patients, collect some information, temperature and other information, treatment standards”, News Agency Of Nigeria reported.
“So, basically we do not have a big issue of health personnel affected by COVID-19 so far,” Ngamije further added.
Around 35,000 health care workers have been infected with COVID-19 in Africa. According to a BBC report, more health workers have tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria than in any other country in the continent.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) once raised concerns about the number of infections and deaths among health workers, while revealing that at least 10 doctors have died of the virus.
As at August 5 Nigeria has recorded 44890 confirmed cases of corona virus, and 927 deaths recorded, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti revealed that Africa has recorded slightly less that 1 million COVID-19 cases so far and over 20,000 people on the continent have lost their lives due to the virus.