- Some Nigerian secondary school students have come up with an impressive invention to reduce COVID-19 infections among health workers
- The students developed a robot which helps deliver drugs to COVID-19 patients in their wards
- The robot, according to the student, can also read patients' temperature and provide an interface for doctors to interact with them
- Former Vice President Atiku commended the students for coming up with such an important invention
A team of students from Glisten International Academy in Abuja, Nigeria, has invented a solution to minimise the risks faced by health workers during the pandemic.
The students developed a mobile robot named Mairabot which, among other duties, helps deliver drugs to COVID-19 patients.
Charity Ogbuduke, the school nurse, told BBC Africa that the robot has several compartments like shelves where the drugs meant for the patients are loaded.
She explained that the drugs are labelled for easy identification by the patients.
After loading, the robot is then sent around to patients, allowing doctors and nurses to stay safe while attending to the patients.
Jamil Dawaki, one of the students behind the tech invention, said Mairabot is a very unique robot that can be moved and navigated through an X-box game controller and VR headset.
Dawaki explained that X-box game controller and the VR headset are connected to the robot and a camera and the robot so that he can see where the robot is going and control it appropriately.
Legit.ng gathers that Mairabot uses Artificial Intelligence to move.
While approaching the patient, it can read their temperature, deliver drugs and provide an interface for doctors to interact with patients.
The students developed the robots with the help of their teacher.
Nabila Abubakar, another student behind the innovation, said the name Mairabot was picked because its a combination of all the names the participating students.
Hamza Hamisu, another student involved in the project, said they decided to wrap the robot up with an Ankara fabric to "Nigerianise" it.
The students' plan is for the robots to go global and support healthcare workers wherever they might be, reduce health risks for frontline staff while maintaining the doctor-patient relationship.
Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria's former vice president and presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 elections, has commended the students.
He congratulated the students just as he noted that Nigeria needs to invest in its youths more than ever before.
"Innovations like this give me hope that a better Nigeria is possible. We need to invest in our youths more than ever before. Congratulations to the team at Glisten International Academy, @glistenint, that developed this robot to protect healthcare workers in the season of COVID19."
In other news, Nigerian twin doctors in the United States are on the front lines of New York City’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Doctors Uche and Oni Blackstock are doing all within their power to ensure that the city wins the fight against the deadly disease.
The twin doctors are black women whose stories are inspiring due to the impact they are making in the medical field.