At Noida hospital, a robot turns counsellor for Covid patients | Noida News


NOIDA: For people going through an emotional upheaval while getting treated at a Covid-19 hospital — without the comfort of their family or the familiar sound of their mobile phone in the ICU — there is help at hand.
To soothe patients’ nerves and keep their anxieties at bay, Yatharth hospital in Noida Extension has deployed a robot, aptly named ‘Mitra’. Not only does the robot help in counselling of patients, it also connects them with their families and friends on video calls via a screen on its body.
“Mental health is an important aspect of Covid treatment and so we decided to start the service. There is a screen on the robot and through this, psychiatrists speak to patients and answer their queries. As most Covid hospitals do not allow phones inside the ICU, the robot can also make video calls and connect patients with their families,” Dr Sunil Kumar, medical superintendent at Yatharth Hospital, said.
At the hospital’s non-Covid branches in Sector 110, Noida, and Sector Omicron 1, Greater Noida, a similar robot is being used to screen patients for influenza-like illnesses (ILI). Here, the robot is stationed at the hospital’s entrance where it asks visitors a few questions on symptoms and screens their temperature. If all vital stats are normal, it then prints an entry pass with the screening result, name and picture of the person. ‘Mitra’ has been designed and developed by Bengaluru-based start-up Invento Robotics.
The hospital bought two Mitra robots for Rs 10 lakh each. While one is deployed at its Noida Extension facility, the second one was first being used in the Sector 110 facility but it has now been shifted to the Sector Omicron 1 hospital where it screens about 500 OPD patients and relatives of IPD patients every day.
Earlier, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also introduced robots in its Covid-19 facilities in Delhi and Jhajjar for contactless monitoring of patients. A similar robot, developed by a Gurugram-based company is also being used at AIIMS’ Jhajjar facility.

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