File photo of two robots that have been deployed at Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Hospital to serve food and medicine to Covid-19 patients as a precautionary measure to mitigate the risk of infection to the hospital staff, in Vadodara, Gujarat, in July. (ANI photo)

GUWAHATI – Now robots would deliver medicines and essential services to Covid-19 patients at a hospital in Assam, officials said here Jan. 17.

The robots, designed by the Guwahati-based Yantrabot Technologies Pvt. Limited with remote controllable robotic vehicles, would deliver food, medicines and other essential services to Covid-19 patients as well as patients with other extremely contagious diseases inside the isolation chambers of the quarantine facilities.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Jan. 16 handed over two robots to the principal of Dibrugarh-based Assam Medical College and Hospital, Sanjib Kakati, to use them for delivering food, medicines and essential services to Covid patients.

An official release said it is part of the Covid-19 infrastructure equipment grant sponsored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Rotary Club of Dibrugarh and Bangladesh's Rotary Club of Dhaka Royal under the support of "Global Grant.”

Sonowal thanked co-founder Arunjyoti Borgohain of Yantrabot Technologies for designing the robot. The chief minister said the two robots would have a huge role in rendering care to patients in the hospitals.

Meanwhile, in a first-of-its-kind in northeast India, a robot developed by young scientist Harjeet Nath from Tripura University was deployed in a government Covid Care Center in May 2020 to deal with Covid patients.

Nath has made the robot from locally available material, including scrap. He has named it 'Warbot' to fight the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nath's aim was to assist the frontline health workers, including doctors, in taking care of coronavirus patients from a distant place. The young scientist in July 2020 donated the robot to Tripura Medical College and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital.

The medical college had used the robot at the 250-bed Covid Care Center in Hapania, on the outskirts of the capital city of Agartala. Tripura Medical College Prof. and in-charge of the Hapania Covid Care Center Shib Sekhar Datta said the robot was useful to some extent.

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