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COVID-19: Nigerian students invent robot for doctor-patient interface

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The students of Glisten International Academy, Abuja have invented a mobile robot for interfacing between doctors and patients.

The robot, named Mairabot, was designed to perform essential medical duties.

Students of Glisten International Academy, Abuja invented robot
Students of Glisten International Academy, Abuja invented robot

Presenting the piece of artificial intelligence to the management of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on Wednesday, the students led by the Executive-Director of the Academy, Abba Abdullahi-Saida, said the robot could deliver drugs to patients as well as perform essential medical duties.

According to the executive director, the robot was designed to reduce direct contact between doctors and COVID-19 patients, thereby reducing the level of virus infections among the medical personnel.

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He said: “This robot is created to reduce the number of physical contact between the medical personnel and the affected patients and this will in return reduce drastically the number of medical personnel that will be affected in the process of carrying out the duties.”

Mr Abdullahi-Saida noted that innovative measures were put in place to ensure that project meets international standards, adding that the performance level of the robot would be improved to cover other aspects of human life.

In his remarks, the NITDA Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, commended the academy for coming up with such innovation, reaffirming the agency’s readiness to assist innovative ideas that solve problems bedeviling the country.

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Mr Inuwa, therefore, enjoined the students to see the future in digital skills.

The D-G directed the agency’s Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship, OICTE, to ensure that the project and the inventors enjoy necessary visibility in order to promote their idea for commercialization.

The elated DG ordered that the teacher and students be given seven iPad, one laptop, and other digital tools for them to further their ideations.

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