Shawon’s robot ‘Medical Assistant’ to serve COVID patient
Published: 05:34 PM, 1 May 2021
Shawon says his robot ‘Medical Assistant’ will be able to go to the patient’s bed and give various suggestions including treatment
Shawon Sardar Solaiman, a schoolboy from Barishal, has made a robot called ‘Medical Assistant’ which will be able to give treatment and advice to the Covid-19 patients, as a result, this will ensure the treatment of a Covid-19 patient as well as reduce the risk for the doctor being infected.
Shawon Sardar Solaiman, son of Delwar Sardar of Bhadrapara in Goila UP of Agailjhara upazila and a tenth-grade student of Government Goila Model Secondary School.
Shawon said doctors, health workers, relatives were hesitant to go to the Covid-19 patient in fear of being infected. His robot ‘Medical Assistant’ will act as a physician’s assistant in dealing with such situations and treating patients.
He added that the coronavirus was first detected in the country in March 2020. It has been seen at that time that when a mother is infected, the children did not go near her, the parents stay away from the children. Many doctors have even been infected while giving treatment. “That’s when I decided to build a robot that could serve patients.”
“Then I started to develop the system of ‘Medical Assistant’ robot by watching various videos online. I made the design also. The work is almost at an end.”
Shawon said he was working on technology that would allow the robot to “automatically treat patients”. This robot will be able to go to the patient’s bed and give various suggestions including treatment. “My ‘Medical Assistant’ robot will be able to perform the patient’s respiratory tests, talk to the doctor through video, advise patients as per their physical condition, etc.
Schoolboy Shawon dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer. “I made the robot at a cost of around Tk 18,000. It has a special camera, microphone and speakers attached. If there is an internet connection, it can be controlled from any place through a computer or mobile. It will be trialed as soon as the system development work is completed,” he said.
Shawon’s father Delwar Sardar said his son had been trying to make something new with different tools since childhood. “When he was in ninth-grade, I saw the tendency to make robots in him,” he added.
Agailjhara UNO Md. Abul Hashem said several students in his upazila are working with technology. The administration wants to help them. “I believe these little technologists will one day become great scientists. Sponsorship will be arranged for them through the concerned ministry,” he assured.