New Delhi, April 17 2020: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has deployed robots to handle Covid-19 patients at its medical facility in Jhajjar and it is gearing up to introduce robots at its main hospital in Delhi as well, reports the Economic Times.
Says AIIMS director, Randeep Guleria: “As Covid-19 is highly contagious, we are limiting the contact of medical staff with patients, with the use of not only robots but also telemedicine at AIIMS facilities.”
The institute, is using robots to sanitise and clean the areas used by Covid-19 patients, including intensive care units. It is also evaluating whether to use robots to serve food and handle medical supply to Covid-19 patients at Jhajjar. AIIMS doctors are providing consultation to patients on non-Covid-19 ailments through telemedicine even as Delhi reported 1,500 Covid-19 positive cases, the highest among all cities in the country.
Also at Police Hospital
Another quarantine facility for Covid-19 patients, readied by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at the Central Armed Police Forces referral hospital in Greater Noida, is using robots. The Gurgaon-based Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz is providing robots to the ITBP-run facility to serve food and medicines to patients on one of the five floors at the referral hospital. “We are trying robots at this facility and may extend their use in other facilities too to limit human contact,” said an ITBP spokesperson. “Our mobile robots will be assisting healthcare professionals in attending to quarantined patients while keeping them safe from possible risk of infection,” said Anuj Kapuria, CEO, Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz. Each robot costs Rs 150,000 and the company is also in talks with Apollo Hospitals to sell these robots.