A robotic trolley named ‘Gollar’ is making the headlines as it begins to serve COVID-19 patients at a quarantine ward in Maharashtra. Earlier this week, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation introduced the robotic trolley with the objective to reduce contact of coronavirus positive patients with the hospital’s staff.
The robotic trolley has already been put to use to serve COVID patients at Poddar Hospital in Mumbai. The robot delivers medicines as well as food and water to COVID patients in the quarantine ward.
Aaditya Thackeray, Minister for Tourism and Environment, Maharashtra first shared Gollar’s launch news on Twitter on Monday.
Aadiya tweeted, “Today @mybmcWardGS launched a robotic trolley to reach out to persons recovering in Poddar Hospital, from covid, with food and medicines. This will help us further reduce the contact of Covid positive persons with health care staff (1/n)”
He further added, “This robot will help us further reduce the quantity of PPEs used during activities as food distribution in covid wards. Technology & innovation is something we’ve relied on in @mybmcWardGS in the covid response battle. I thank @UghadeSharad ji for his commitment on this”
Moreover, the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also took to Twitter to share a video of the newly launched delivering medicines at the Podar Hospital ward.
The trolley can prove to be a handy tool in our war against the novel coronavirus as it can significantly reduce the risk of contact and catching infection for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Moreover, researchers across the country are also working on various COVID-19 vaccine candidates. India had announced to start the human clinical trials for its first vaccine candidate, COVAXINE from July 1. Moreover, the Drug Controller General of India has also approved India’s second candidate for COVID vaccine by ZydusCadila Healthcare Ltd. for human clinical trials.
Furthermore, India’s leading conglomerate, Tata Sons also donated 100 ventilators, 20 ambulances, as well as ₹10 crore for plasma trials in Mumbai recently. As per a report in The Hindu, BMC had only 3,500 beds and 291 ICU beds until the middle of March this year. However, in the following months, the total number of beds has went up to 14,000 beds with 1,540 ICU beds.