The Department of Science and Technology is planning to collaborate with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) to produce robots that will aid COVID-19 frontliners in attending to patients.

This was announced during the latest Congress report of President Rodrigo Duterte, where he said that UST researchers have created a prototype Logistic Indoor Service Assistant (LISA) Telepresence Robot.

According to Duterte, the DOST has already approved the proposal of UST researchers for the production of LISA Robots to more healthcare facilities. The UST has started using the said robot in April at the UST Hospital.

The said device is a remote-controlled robot that will limit exposure of medical professionals and staff assigned to take care of patients of the coronavirus. The robot can be used to allow doctors, nurses, and hospital staff to talk to their patients through a computer, tablet, or smartphone connected to Wi-Fi.

The said robot also carries a box where medicines, food, and other supplies can be delivered to patients without an actual person having contact to COVID-19 patients.

As of writing, the Philippines has 26,781 COVID-19 cases with 6,552 recoveries and 1,103 deaths.

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