Karnataka to deploy robots at Covid care units

South India

Karnataka is considering introduction of robots to monitor asymptomatic and mild Covid-19 cases at the 10,100-bed Covid Care Centre that is coming up at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre.

A Times of India report said that the move is in view of the shortage of doctors and other healthcare personnel to treat the patients.

The robot being considered for deployment is built on the model of telepresence. Originally from the US, it has been assembled in Karnataka. A demo was given on Wednesday.

Dr CN Manjunath, nodal officer, lab and testing, Covid 19 taskforce, was quoted by TOI as saying that the robots will be used to treat patients and can be remotely connected to the team of specialists.

The pilot project will be taken up at Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, where a demo was conducted on Thursday, July 9. Each robot costs close to Rs 10-11 lakh. It's available for rent also. One robot could be used for 200 patients, according to Dr Manjunath.

The robots are app-based, and consultants monitoring the patient can download it on their phones. The doctors can converse with the patients via the robots and keep track of the patient, he explained. The robots are expected to ease the doctors' burden by facilitating virtual rounds and thousands of patients can be managed with minimal human resource.

This is the first time the government is planning to deploy robots for health care. Bengaluru's Victoria hospital has been using robots to serve food and medicine to coronavirus patients.

As of July 9, 28,877 cases have been reported in Karnataka. This includes 11,876 discharges. The state reported the highest single day spike of 2026 new cases on Wednesday. The state capital of Bengaluru accounted for 55.67 per cent of these cases.

According to the Covid-19 bulletin released by the BBMP War Room, a total of 3181 containment zones in the city are active. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held an emergency meeting with ministers and top government officials in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ashwathnarayan C N, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, and BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar among others (with inputs from agencies)

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