Bahrain is currently experimenting with the use of medical robots in coronavirus wards to limit healthcare workers exposure to the disease.
Experiments are underway with two robots, one of which can examine a patient's body temperature, serve meals and provide medicine. The other sterilises surfaces around the building by beaming out pulses of ultraviolet light.
The robots are equipped with sensors and cameras and can communicate with staff and patients in 12 different languages.
Dr Waleed Al Manea, from Bahrain's Health Ministry, dubbed the technology a "medical revolution".
He said: “We have started using the robots in the isolation and treatment facilities as part of the experimental phase to use AI in the health sector.
“It is certainly a new medical revolution and we want to see how this benefits patients and staff.
“This new technology will help doctors and nurses as they can evaluate the effectiveness of the robots and help incorporate them in their daily work.”
The Ministry of Health, in cooperation with a French company in the Kingdom, provided both robots.
The news comes after Bahrain built a dedicated ICU field hospital for coronavirus patients in Sitra.
The facilities can accommodate more than 150 people, with 55 doctors and 250 nurses on staff.
The hospital has more than 150 ventilators, an on-site medical laboratory, X-ray machines, mobile dialysis units and an integrated store of medical equipment and drugs.
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