Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mairabot: Nigerian students’ invention to assist medics fight COVID-19 debuts - ITREALMS

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Mairabot, an invention of a group of students of Federal Capital Territory (FCT)-based Glisten International Academy, Abuja, has made a debut, reports 
ITREALMS.

The robot, ITREALMS gathered from the students was designed to perform essential medical activities including interfacing between the doctor and patient in addition to delivering medications to patient based on COVID-19 protocols.
The students who made their presentation to the leadership of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) recently was led by the Executive Director, Academy at the school, Mr. Abba Saida.

According to Saida, one of the motivations that led to the design of the robot was the need to reduce the rate at which medical personnel were contracting COVID-19 while on duties.

“This robot is created to reduce the number of physical contact between the medical personnel and the affected patients and this will in return reduce drastically the number of medical personnel that will be affected in the process of carrying out the duties,” he said.

Saida also noted that measures were put in place to ensure the development processes met the international standard, in addition to improving the performance level to cover other aspects of human life.

Receiving Mairabot team, the Director-General, NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, applauded the school and its pupils for this innovation.

He also assured of NITDA’s preparedness to support innovative ideas that are meant to solve problems in the country, and urged the students to see future in digital skills because future work in digital.

To boost the morale of the students, DG promptly approved that the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the agency should make certain that the project and the inventors enjoy necessary visibility in order to promote their idea for commercialization.

He further authorised the teacher and students be given digital tools, including seven iPads, one laptop among other internet-enabled devices.

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