'Gollar' Robot Introduced To Mumbai Hospital By BMC at Podar Hospital

While the state struggles with rapidly increasing covid-19 cases, BMC has introduced a robot to reduce risk of infection of frontline medical staff.

'Gollar' Robot Introduced To Mumbai Hospital By BMC at Podar Hospital

Over the last three months, the frontline medical workers have been working non-stop to fight against the deadly coronavirus. The ongoing pandemic has put pressure on the frontline staff at hospitals across the city, observing which, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has found a unique way to assist the staff and also reduce the risk of health care staff in municipal hospitals. 

Officials in Mumbai's 'G South' ward comprising of Worli and Prabhadevi, have taken an innovative approach to reduce the number of medical workers in the rooms with coronavirus infected patients. As per reports, necessities like medicine, water, food and beverages are now being provided to the patients at Podar Hospital, with the help of a trolley robot named 'Gollar.'

On July 7, the official account of the Chief Minister’s Office of Maharashtra introduced the 'Gollar' robot on twitter along with a video and a message that read, “Robot ‘Gollar’ has reported on duty at Podar Hospital in Mumbai! It’ll get you food, water and medicines.” The robot can be seen carrying medicines, meals and other essentials to the corona rooms in the video. Apart from safety measures, this step will also save costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits used by the healthcare employees at the hospital.

The 'Gollar' robot is made in India and developed by the youth, under the guidance of NMC Engineers from a startup. With a good battery life of four to five hours, the robot costs just ₹ 1 lakh, and the instructions are given by the control room of the hospital via a laptop or a mobile phone.

Currently, Maharashtra has more than 2 lakh Covid-19 cases and is among the worst-hit states in the country. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also recently written to his Kerala counterpart CM Pinarayi Vijayan, seeking help with medical workers from the southern state. Keeping this situation in mind, it will be beneficial for the state to equip robots that can assist the medical staff at hospitals. 

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