24 Sep The anti-pandemic robot project starts in Equatorial Guinea
- It is an initiative of the Government of Equatorial Guinea in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- After Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea is the second African country to opt for a robotic reinforcement in the fight against the pandemic
Within the framework of response actions against the COVID-19 pandemic in Equatorial Guinea, the Equatorial Guinean Government is launching an anti-pandemic robot initiative to reinforce the prevention and control of vital signs at airports and hospitals in the country. In coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), these robots will make it possible to take the temperature of 200 people in just over a minute, monitor compliance with protocols -such as the correct use of the mask-, disinfect areas common or deliver essential items to patients with COVID-19, among other actions. After Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea is the second African country to opt for a robotic reinforcement in the fight against the pandemic.
“The Government of our country does not skimp on efforts to safeguard the health of the population. For this reason, today begins one of the most innovative measures to strengthen our health system, this robotic unit will guarantee the response capacity to COVID-19 and will help to minimize the exposure of our fellow citizens to the risk of contagion ”, explained the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang.
Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, UNDP Resident Representative in Equatorial Guinea, stated that “in these times of digital transformation it is essential to seek innovative solutions that can complement response protocols and strengthen prevention measures. For all these reasons, UNDP is committed to the acquisition of robots for Equatorial Guinea and the training of young entrepreneurs for their correct management and maintenance ”.
Temperature measurement of 200 people per minute
The robotic unit for the fight against the pandemic allows taking the temperature of 200 people in an extremely short period of time and without the risk of contagion of just over a minute. The robots are also enabled to monitor compliance with the protocols established by health authorities, such as the correct use of masks or carry out disinfection tasks in transit areas.
With this robotic unit, contact between patients and healthcare personnel will be reduced since, among other possible actions, they will be responsible for delivering essential items -food or medicine- to patients with COVID-19.
The launching of the anti-pandemic robots, which was held at the Malabo Airport, was attended by the Hon. Ministers of Civil Aviation, Finance, Economy and Planning, Telecommunications and New Technologies, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, as well as different Ambassadors and members of the body
diplomat, General Directors of companies with the participation of the State and representatives of different International Organizations, among others.