Development News: A remote-controlled smart appliance called ‘Medi Mate’ developed by Navy to treat COVID-19 patients was handed over to the Kalubowila (Colombo South) Teaching Hospital today (12th April 2020).
Taking in to account a basic concept mooted by an inventor, Mr. Thushara Kelum Wadasinghe, the Navy’s Research and Development Unit, going by the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, developed this remote-controlled smart appliance called ‘Medi Mate’ in a bid to treat and test COVID-19 patients, allowing healthcare workers to remain at a safe distance from the highly infectious virus.
The first smart gadgetry of this kind was recently handed over to the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital. Continuing this worthwhile effort further, another ‘Medi Mate’ automation was handed over to the Kalubowila (Colombo South) Teaching Hospital by Director Naval Electrical & Electronic Engineering ( Fleet & Weapon) and Director Naval Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Admin & Utility) Commodore (Electrical) Kamal Bombugalage today.
This smart appliance will also help healthcare workers to diagnose ailments, communicate with patients and dispense medicine and meals to them, without getting closer to the infected people. As such, this innovative appliance will help protect doctors and healthcare workers from the highly contagious novel coronavirus, when they are dealing with COVID-19 patients.