The Jharkhand government is going to experiment with Co-Bot (collaborative robot) to check for infection in an isolation facility dedicated for COVID-19 patients. It is expected to cut down human interference in patient care.
The hospital where the first Co-Bot would be deployed is Chakradharpur Railway Hospital, where a isolation facility will be inaugurated.
In the isolation facility, the Co-Bot would transfer both medicines and food from one bed to another, without needing health workers to attend to COVID-19 patients.
The Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi) under the Southern Naval Command has indigenously designed and fabricated an Air Evacuation Pod (AEP) for safe evacuation of COVID-19 patients from ships and islands in a fully sealed patient transfer capsule so as to avoid the risk of infection to pilots and evacuation team.
The pod was designed under the guidance of the principal medical officer of Naval Air Station Garuda in consultation with specialists from naval hospital Sanjivani and the command headquarters.
It is made of aluminium, rubber and perspex. Trials were undertaken on April 8 on board an Advanced Light Helicopter and Dornier aircraft.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said emerging research suggests that transmission of the coronavirus from mother to child before birth, or at the time of delivery is possible.
The medical body said no cases of breast milk testing positive for the coronavirus have been recorded at present. There is also no data that suggests a correlation between miscarriage or early pregnancy loss and Covid-19.
The medical body clarified that pregnant women do no appear to be more vulnerable to the Covid-19 infection than the general population. However, pregnancy itself alters the body’s immune system and its response to viral infections in general.