Doctors and nurses in Africa and the world over, spearheading the fight against the insidious Coronavirus, have lost their lives, while others are still engaged in the fight.
Mindful of this, Prince Dan Mbachi, founding president of Africa Global Development for Positive Change Initiative also known as ADIafrica, has lauded the recent move by the government of Rwanda for introducing High Tech robots in the country’s offensive against the current pandemic.
According to Rwanda’s health Minister, Dr. Ngamije Danie, this offensive introduced last May 19, “will help improve the service delivery while protecting our valuable health workers against Covid-19 exposure.”
Unlike in other countries, no medical personnel in Rwanda has been infected with the virus except a cleaner in one of the treatment centres, the health ministry website read.
Mr Mbachi said, “this is an innovation worthy of emulation by other Africa countries. African leaders must buckle up and rise up to the hallmark of true leaders.”
The Coronavirus Pandemic disrupted business, social and academic activities and in a bid to roll back the negative impacts, the option of E-learning and E-conferencing are increasingly being use across the world.
“Africa leaders must understand that the world is moving into a global village and science and technology is an essential necessity… We must put resources together and invest in this area,” Mr Mbachi said.
The Anti–Epidemic Robots is one of the most recent strategies put in place to boost the fight against COVID-19 at treatment centres in that country. The robots have the capacity to screen between 50 to 150 people per minute, deliver food and medication to patient rooms, capture data, and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities for timely response and case management.
The new development is expected to increase timeliness and efficiency in the fight against COVID-19 and reduce exposure of health workers to possible Covid-19 infection.
The introduction of these robots over 10 days ago, in addition to previous prevention and treatment measures account for the low Covid-19 related dead toll. Only 1 death out of 370 infected case with 256 recoveries have been registered by May 31.
Each of the high-tech robots engineered by a Belgian company (Zora Bots) roughly cost $3,300 and was jointly sponsored by Paul Kagame’s government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Rwandan.
During the launch, the country’s Health minister, Dr Ngamije said more robots are expected to be brought into the country to assist in the fight against the virus.
CovidInnovations.com has reported the country’s Health Ministry as saying, that the five anti-epidemic robots are named; Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri.