Kenya has received three trial robots to help fight the ongoing pandemic.
The ‘anti-pandemic’ robots, presented on Friday to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) Kenya are made by UBtech, a Chinese robotics company.
The three, nicknamed Jasiri, Shujaa and Tumaini, will help the government in fighting the pandemic. With their massive scanning capability, a single robot can reportedly scan 10 to 100 people per minute up to 3.5 metres away.
They can detect individuals without masks, and even those that have worn a mask inappropriately then issue alerts to the individual and officials.
In addition to these functions, the robots will also help in disinfection and broadcasting health messages relating to the pandemic.
These robots can also record audio and video and report anomalies like high temperatures. In the case of high temperatures, the robots will immediately start disinfection.
“They will assist in temperature screening, disinfection, communication of health messages and data capture,” Kagwe said during the launch.
Mr Kagwe said they would deploy the robots at the Kenyatta National Hospital and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
“I have every confidence that all of our travellers, foremost the tourists visiting Kenya, will appreciate the ability of these robots,” said Kagwe.
Kenya trails Rwanda which launched similar robots in 2020.