‘From robots handing out medical supplies to drones spraying disinfectants, medical staff in China have been making use of the latest technology in the battle to contain the widespread coronavirus.
In one of the quarantine wards at Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital in south China’s Guangzhou City, robots are helping doctors and nurses with their work.
In a bid to reduce human-to-human contact, these robots can help medical staff deliver medicine and food to coronavirus-infected patients.
A robot can be programmed on specific routes throughout the ward, notably to a patient’s room, and it also produces automatic disinfection within its storage container.
Chen Ren, chief physician of Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital’s Infection Department said: “These robots are made in China, and they use software to collect information automatically and build its own database.”
He added: “In such a highly infectious environment, the robots help us deliver medicine, meals, quilts and clothes.
“They can also collect garbage and other items for disinfection, which reduces the chance of medical workers getting infested – this helps us a lot.”
Drones are also being used in parts of China to spray disinfectant and to speak to residents amid the coronavirus epidemic lockdown, state broadcaster CCTV reported.’