Madhyapur Thimi Municipality to mobilise robots in treatment of coronavirus infected
September 10, 2020 03:45 PM NPT
BHAKTAPUR, Sept 10: Madhyapur Thimi Municipality is to mobilize nursing robots for the treatment of coronavirus-infected patients.
Mayor Madan Sundar Shrestha shared that three nursing robots will be mobilized for this purpose at the Nepal-Korea Friendship Hospital run by the municipality.
He further said that the municipality has expedited PCR tests to stop the coronavirus infection as well as has kept quarantine, isolation facilities, ICU with ventilator in ready position in its area.
Stating that the trial of employing nursing robots has already been carried out at the hospital, he said preparation has been made to bring the nursing robots into operation from the third week of September. The robots will be used to provide medicine and food to patients.
Mayor Shrestha added that the hospital will be the first hospital in the country providing service using robots, adding that around Rs 1.5 million will be spent for procuring three robots invented by Nepali youths.
A total of 9,000 people have undergone PCR tests for coronavirus so far at the lab of the municipality.
Shrestha shared that a total of 327 people have tested positive for coronavirus so far, 90 have returned home after recovery, 90 are at community isolation facilities and 171 at home isolation in the municipality area.
The municipality has expedited contact tracing to control the coronavirus infection, said mayor Shrestha, adding, “We have been making accessible management of the infected people. We along with the local people’s representatives reach the houses of the infected people and resolve problems the coronavirus infected are facing and encourage them after counseling them.”
The municipality has allocated a 30-bed capacity isolation ward with oxygen supply and 11-bed capacity ICU at the Nepal Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital with a total 85 beds. Out of the 11 beds in the ICU, eight beds are equipped with ventilators.
He said a dialysis machine has been installed at one bed reserved for kidney patients. The municipality has already kept more than 100 suspected COVID-19 cases in quarantine in a guest house close to the hospital.