A government hospital in Ernakulam here has stationed a robot to serve food and medicines to coronavirus patients with, intending to lessen the risk of infections for doctors and health workers. Malayalam star Mohanlal’s Viswasanthi Foundation donated the autonomous robot to the COVID-19 ward of the Ernakulam government medical college hospital.
The Ernakulam district public relations department, in a release said that from Saturday onwards, the robot named ‘KARMI-Bot’ will be used to aid patients at the medical college’s COVID-19 isolation ward.
A robot has been developed by a company named ASIMOV robotics, working under maker village of Kerala start up mission.
“Dispensing food, medicine, collecting the trash used by the patients, performing disinfection, enable video call between the doctor and patients etc are the main responsibilities of the robot”, the release said.
It also stated that this project aims to limit the to limit the interaction between COVID-19 patients and health workers and also to address the shortage of PPE kits by minimizing its use.
The latest cover story of Forbes magazine featured that once the robot is configured, it will be able to perform its duties fully autonomously. The robot is capable of achieving a maximum speed of 1 m per sec by carrying a payload of up to 25 kgs. The additional capabilities of KARMI-Bot includes UV based disinfection and targeted detergent spray.
To incorporate contactless routine temperature checking and automated charger docking to KARMI- Bot is the purpose of Robotics, once the spare parts are available after lockdown.
The directors of Viswasanthi foundation Major Ravi and Vinu Krishnan along with CEO of ASIMOV robotics, Jayakrishnan has donated robot to District Collector in a function at Start-Up Village.