Hospitals in Thailand have begun using “ninja robots” to ease the burden on medical workers and doctors fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The robots, which were originally built to monitor recovering stroke patients, have been repurposed to measure patients’ fevers, AFP reported.
The machines have, as of Thursday, been used at four hospitals in and around Bangkok, according to the outlet. Their use has reduced the risk of infection and allowed doctors to speak with coronavirus patients through video chat.
“They can stand outside the room and communicate with patients inside through the robot,” said Viboon Sangveraphunsiri of Chulalongkorn University.
Sangveraphunsiri told AFP that other models are being designed to deliver food and medicine to patients, as well as disinfect hospitals.