Local electronic giant Walton is manufacturing medical equipment including ventilator to fight coronavirus pandemic.
It is now manufacturing Medicart robot and remote control UV-C light disinfectant system.
On Thursday, the company will hand over the medical equipment to the ICT division for a clinical trial. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak and senior officials from ICT and Walton will attend the videoconference to be held at 3pm.
Sources said the model of the Medicart robot device is 'WRMC-400 AP-2020'. It is entirely developed by own designs of Walton. Controlled by RF frequency, this automatic robot can cover an area of 400 meters in diameter and automatically carry food, medicine, medical or other equipment to patients in isolation.
Powered by a lithium ion battery, the robot can run continuously for 6 hours on a single full charge
This robot can be used to treat coronavirus patients or patients with other infectious diseases in isolation. Physicians can operate this robot via computer, mobile phone or remote while sitting in his room or anywhere in the world through an operator.
They can provide medical care to patient as well. It has a special camera, microphone and speakers that allow physicians and patients to communicate with each other through video conferencing.
In addition to the medical field, this robot can also be used in offices, factories, educational institutions, public spaces such as air or sea ports, bus and railway stations and shopping malls, among others, the company said.
Meanwhile, Walton’s R&D engineer Alim Hassan Ferdous said they manufactured a remote control UV-C light disinfectant trolley. The WUV-T150 is a 253.7 nanometer ray disinfectant that can kill up to 99.99 percent of viruses and bacteria.
The remote controlled UV trolley can be used in hospitals, homes and offices. The use of UV light directly on the human body and eyes is harmful. But this Walton-made UV trolley has modern protection system.
Walton has also developed and produced another remote control UV-C light thermal germicidal chamber. It destroys germs in two ways - through UV rays and heat. Residual heaters have been used inside it as a result it can generate moisture-free heat up to 90 degrees with powers to control heat and time automatically.
It also has a modern protection system for the human body and special sensor that automatically shuts off when people or animals are present. PPE, masks, gloves, utensils, food etc can be disinfected with this UV-C thermal chamber.
Walton officials said the Medicart robot and the remote control UV-C light disinfectant system will play an important role in dealing with coronavirus, creating huge opportunity to export the medical equipment after meeting the local demand.
Leading private mobile operator Robi has come up with a special internet offer for 27,000 doctors registered with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
These frontline superheroes can avail 33GB data for the next six months for free using Robi and Airtel network, the operator said in a press release on Wednesday.
It also said doctors having Robi-Airtel connection will automatically enjoy the offer, while the doctors using other operators’ connection can avail the offer using Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service or buying a new Robi or Airtel connection.
Eligible doctors will be communicated over SMS to avail the offer by dialing a USSD code.
Doctors who want to have a new Robi-Airtel connection or MNP service can dial 01819400400 for assistance, Robi representatives are ready to reach any place as per convenience of the doctors, added the press release.
Online food deliver platform Foodpanda is providing insurance for its entire fleet of riders from a third-party agency as a facilitator.
In a statement, Foodpanda said the riders now can opt-in for the insurance policy that assures over Tk 5 lakh entailing coverage of death, accidental death, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, accidental injury, hospitalisation, and out-patient department service, per person per year.
From providing financial assistance to medical insurance and implementing precautionary measures to ensure health, safety, and well-being of their own, the company is doing all to act responsibly and help riders fight financial woes, Foodpanda said.
“Our riders deliver food, groceries, and meds to customers. They’re fighting the pandemic from the frontline. It’s our responsibility to not only protect them with safety measures but also protect them with insurance policies,” said Ambareen Reza, chief executive officer of Foodpanda.
In addition to giving out masks, gloves and hand sanitisers to riders, Foodpanda has taken an initiative to equip them with these insurance policies to protect their overall wellbeing, he said, describing the riders as heroes in the ongoing battle against the pandemic.
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) across the country has been producing 1,900 metric tonnes rice every day.
Rice mills at thirteen BSCIC industrial areas among 76 across the country are producing rice in the country to keep the market stable, said a press release from the Ministry.
Among those, Pabna BSCIC industrial area is producing 600mts rice, Rajshahi 550mts, Dinajpur 400mts, Naogaon 120mts, Khulna 103mts, Kurigram, 27mts, Cox’s Bazar 25mts, Jamalpur 23mts, Gaibandha 20mts, Sherpur 18mts, Rajbari 9mts, Gopalganj 3mts tonnes and Bagerhat BSCIC is producing two metric tonnes of rice every day after maintaining health directives.
Md Kamal Parvez, officer, Pabna BSCIC industrial area, said 39 rice mills are producing 600mts rice worth Tk 2.76 crore are being produced every day.
Meanwhile, Tunnel Vitamin rice in Khulna, rice production for Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF), World Food Programme, Food Friend Programme, and government’s relief programme is ongoing.
Sheikh Riazul Islam, officer, Khulna BSCIC industrial area, said rice from this industrial area is being provided in 30 district including Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Jashore.
Mohammad Ataur Rahman, president, Naogaon BSCIC Industries Malik Samity, said the Boro paddy collection is ongoing. The production will be increased when the collection is completed, he added.
Md Anwarul Azim, officer, Naogaon BSCIC Industrial area, said the government will procure rice from all the BSCIC industrial areas of the country and a contact is already signed with rice mill owners in this regard.
Rice mills at BSCIC industrial areas have been contributing significantly during this coronavirus crisis.
Earlier on April 30, the government announced that it will procure 11.5 lakh metric tonnes of rice (boiled and non-boiled) and eight lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current Boro season.
Besides, some 10 lakh metric tonnes of boiled rice will be procured at Tk 36 per kg, 1.5 lakh metric tonnes of non-boiled (atap) rice at Tk 35 per kg and six lakh metric tonnes of paddy at Tk 26 per kg from millers.
Meanwhile, the government will also procure 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat from local markets in the season.
PRAN-RFL Group has donated sample collection booth (WISK Cabin) to Central Police Hospital and three hospitals of Bhola district to collect sample for covid-19 test.
Recently, two sample collection booths were handed over to Saiful Islam, Additional Superintendent of Police (admin) of Central Police Hospital.
Meanwhile, the group donated one cabin to Bhola Sadar Hospital on Sunday.
Civil Surgeon of Bhola Dr. Ratan Kumar Dhali received the cabin.
It also donated one WISK Cabin to Borhanuddin Upazila Health Complex and another cabin to Daulatkhan Upazila Health Complex on Monday.
Earlier, PRAN-RFL Group donated three sample collection booths to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and one sample collection booth to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital.