Ministry of Health on Friday introduced three anti-epidemic robots which will assist in the fight against Covid-19.
The three robots, donated at a cost of Ksh36 million by the United Nations Development Program, will minimize contact between doctors and patients further minimizing the risk of infections. The robots will be installed at Mbagathi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the smart anti-epidemic robot technology will be used to monitor body temperatures and collect data of up to 200 people in a minute.
“We will be deploying these robots to Kenyatta National Hospital where, as in Rwanda’s case they will reduce exposure of health workers to Covid-19 patients, and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where they will assist in temperature screening, disinfection, communication of health messages and data capture”, Kagwe said.
The three anti-epidemic robots named Jasiri (courageous), Shujaa (hero) and Tumaini (hope). The Jasiri and Shujaa are named in honour of the frontline health care workers.
According to Kagwe, Jasiri robot is named in honour of the courage it takes for our health workers to serve the nation while risking their own lives while Shujaa represents not only the 32 workers who succumbed to the virus but also those who continue to heed the protective measures propagated daily.
Kagwe said that besides helping protect the lives of valuable health workers, the innovation will fasten traveller clearance at the airports.