Ninja robots are used to check body temperature, talking to patients to help protect frontline health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hospitals in Thailand have begun using robots to assist health workers in the battle against the corona virus, AFP reported. Called the “ninja robot”, it was originally designed to keep track of recovering stroke patients.
The device was quickly reused to support anti-pandemic doctors who claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people worldwide. Ninja robots are being used at 4 hospitals in and around Bangkok.
Robots help minimize the risk of infection by allowing doctors and nurses to talk to patients through a video link. “They can stand outside the room and talk to patients inside through robots,” said Viboon Sangveraphuniri, project leader, Chulalongkorn University.
The new versions of the robot are later designed to bring patients food and medicine and can eventually be used for disinfection in hospitals, Viboon added.
Viboon’s team is racing against time to build more ninja robots, known for its dark appearance, for 10 hospitals across the country.
Thailand has confirmed more than 200 cases of Covid-19, of which at least 1 died. More than 40 people recovered have been discharged. Authorities ordered the closure of bars, massage parlors and entertainment venues to prevent new infections.
Visitors to Thailand are also required to provide a health certificate. The Thai government has so far stopped the blockade completely seen in other countries, in an effort to minimize damage to the tourism industry.
But the reassuring government that the pandemic was under control did not stop the panic buying at grocery stores. Doctors are also urging people to stay indoors to limit the spread of the virus.