A group of young Bangladeshi engineers today claimed to have developed a low-cost robot to handle COVID-19 patients and assist doctors in treating them.
"The robot we developed will keep doctors and others concerned away from the COVID-19 patients and help assist their treatment providing six essential services," said Mahedy Hasan, a mechanical engineer and faculty of a private university.
He said the robot was developed following a Chinese model of treating and handling COVID-19 patients, keeping all concerned to a safe distance as media reports suggested that the virus infected the doctors in Italy initially as they examined them from a close distance.
Hasan, a lecturer of private Sonargaon University, said along with a colleague in the faculty and two fellow students they developed the robot, each of which could cost as high as Tk 30,000.
"A doctor, staying at a control station, could handle several patients in quarantine centres and hospitals using the robots," he said.
He called the group "Team savior BD" while gave a link to see the demonstration of the services of the robot they named "shebok" providing a link https://youtu.be/kyx688h-Jmo