- A Tunisian hospital has devised a means to reduce exposure of healthcare practitioners to coronavirus
- The north African country is making use of a robot to take care of coronavirus patients
- This robot can take pulses, check temperatures and blood oxygen levels
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Medics in a Tunisian hospital have deployed a robot to care for coronavirus patients. The aim is to limit contact between staff and infected patients in the North African country.
According to The Guardian report, the tall, single-limbed machine which is mounted on wheels has the capability to take pulses, check temperatures and blood oxygen levels.
Nurses, doctors and relatives of patients can make virtual bedside visits, reducing the risk of infection.
A screen mounted at the top of the robot enables audiovisual communication with patients. Patients can see and recognise the faces of those caring for them.
Family members can also have a video conversation with the patient. The robot is remote-controlled into the patient’s room to allow for this. This is made possible by a website which allows families to reserve a time slot for a virtual visit.
“It allows a reduction in contact with the sick and therefore the risk of contaminating personnel,” Nawel Besbes Chaouch, a doctor leading the pulmonary department at the Abderrahmane Memmi hospital in Ariana, near the capital Tunis said.
The robot was designed and made in Tunisia, by Enova, a start-up based in Sousse.
Legit.ng had shared the report of another hospital in Singapore which devised a means to reduce exposure of healthcare practitioners to coronavirus.
Alexandra Hospital in Singapore was reported to be making plans of using a robot to distribute meals and medication to some patients suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus. The hospital will also task another robot with the responsibility of cleaning and chatting with patients in four languages including Singlish.
As the coronavirus pandemic bites harder, countries all over the world are finding ways of curbing its spread and also a cure for it.
The COVID-19 which has no known cure has claimed the lives of thousands of people. Over three million have been infected across the world.
One of the countries doing their own bit is Madagascar. The country is said to be using its own medicine to treat the virus. President Andry Rajoelina launched the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, on Monday, April 20.
The African nation has recorded 128 coronavirus cases, and 92 out of that number have recovered, leaving 36 active cases. Also, no death has been recorded in the country.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19, warning against the widespread use of untested remedies.
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