The robot named ‘Nightingale-19’ is deployed to provide food and medicines among patients at the Kannur district coronavirus centre in Ancharakandi, where a large number of cases have been reported. The special display facility, attached to it, also allows patients to communicate with health workers and their relatives if necessary, the health minister’s office in Thiruvananthapuram said.
Designed by the students of Chemberi Vimal Jyothi Engineering College with the support of the Health Department, the remote control-operated robot can carry food and water for at least six persons at a stretch.
The machine, which can travel up to one kilometre, distributes food, water and medicine in each room, a department statement said.
The robot would be disinfected after each use, it said.
Health Minister K K Shailaja inaugurated the new venture from Thiruvananthapuram recently through the robot’s video facility, the statement added.Robots have been put to use in other parts of the country to help in the health workers’ fight against COVID- 19. — PTI