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 DR CAR 

Medical Assistant Robot

 (Senegal)

Dr CAR, an easy to use, service and medical assistance robot, was designed by a group of engineering students at Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique in the Senegalese capital Dakar. 

The simple innovation is devised to help limit direct contact between patients and healthcare personnel in the frontline of fighting COVID-19. Cross contamination has been identified as one of the biggest problems worsening the spread of the coronavirus across the global, and health personnel are the most exposed.

Informed by their research into the pandemic, and the state of the country’s health system, the student came up with the idea of Dr Car after they discovered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Senegal was not only expensive, but in limited stock. They also found out that on average globally, at least 12% of Health personnel have been infected with Covid-19. 

They concluded a solution was needed, and one of them laid with them as members of the start up E-motors. They got together to build Dr CAR, and on 24 April, they presentation of the first prototype to the Center for Emergency Medical Operations (COUS), with a convincing presentation about what Dr CAR can do: decrease the exposure of health personnel treating Covid-19 patients; help lessen the burden of budgets towards expensive PPEs; make up for the lack of medical protection equipment; can be used to wheel meals, essential and medicines to patient’s hospital beds; and with more scientific research and financial support, Dr Car can be scaled up further and be used for further medical needs and services  such as remote consultation and patient monitoring .

The main sources for Dr CAR’s funding at the time of going to press, were grants from student associations at the ESP and some self-financing, limiting its potential scalability. 

This simple innovation, with vast scalability  potential, is devised to help limit direct contact between patients and healthcare personnel in the frontline of fighting COVID-19.

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