Pune: The students of Dr Ambedkar Industrial Training Institute have created a 'robot warrior', which is being used by the Pune Cantonment Board's (PCB) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel General Hospital. "These robots are used to supply food and medicines at the isolation wards.", said PCB Chief Executive officer Amit Kumar.
The 100 bedded dedicated COVID-19 hospital is presently treating 32 coronavirus positive patients besides the suspected patients.
"In a scenario where health workers are increasingly diagnosed positive due to close interaction with patients, in a bid to reduce human interaction, the students of Dr Ambedkar Industrial Training Institute (TI) located at Solapur Bazaar area in cantonment area has assembled a small robot name 'RoboWarrior' which is being used to supply food and medicines in an isolation ward," said Kumar.
The total cost of the robot is Rs 38,000, which was sponsored by one of the contractors of the board. RoboWarrior has a pathfinder camera and two-way communication system. It can handle around 20 to 25 kg in weight. It is a battery-operated vehicle and can work continuously for two hours. It has three-speed levels which can be locally and remotely controlled.
"The trolley type of robot carrying food and water to each patient's bed. This is of great help to the nurses and staff of the hospital.", said Cantt General Hospital Resident Doctor Dr Vidhyadhar Gaikwad.
The number of coronavirus patients is increasing in the cantonment area, and these patients have been admitted for treatment in the isolation ward. However, the patients are being taken care of by doctors, nurses, ward boys, and other staff as they all are using Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits. As the coronavirus is a contagious disease, there are some difficulties in providing services including medicines, meals, and water to the patients.
Taking note of these difficulties ITI Principal Vijay Chavan and Professor Praveen Shinde and Prof Somnath Tidke have taken the initiative to develop a remote-operated robot called 'RoboWarrior'.
"A trolley-shaped 'RoboWarrior' has been developed for this hospital. It is equipped with a camera and speaker system. The camera allows the operator to operate from a distance. The speaker can instruct patients about things to be done and not to be done. Even, patients can ask for help through the speaker if required. This will be of great help to nurses and ward boys, who are now able to provide timely services to coronavirus patients." said Vijay Chavan.
Early in this month, the ITI had installed a disinfectant tunnel in the Cantt general hospital. The PCB became first in cantonment to install a disinfectant chamber in Southern Command. The sensor-enabled model is not meant to be a substitute but is supplementary to existing measures like washing hands, wearing masks, and maintaining social distance.