On the morning of March 23, 2020, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Vu – President of the University of Danang (UD) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doan Quang Vinh - Rector of University of Science and Technology-UD (DUT-UD) attended the handover ceremony of robots for transporting food and necessities to Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children (hereinafter referred to as Hospital) so as to timely service in Covid-19 isolation areas. This was a technological product that had been researched, manufactured and transferred by Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, DUT-UD.
Attending the ceremony were Dr.Med. Tran Dinh Vinh – Director of Hospital, Dr.Med. Tran Thi Hoang – Vice Director of Hospital, Assoc. Prof. Luu Duc Binh - Head of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, DUT-UD and representatives of relevant departments and offices of the two sides.
UD President Nguyen Ngoc Vu witnessed the delivery of Robots
According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doan Quang Vinh-Rector of DUT-UD, Robot was built following the proposal of hospital to meet the urgent requirements in transporting food, necessities to ensure safety for physicians and medical staff in Covid-19 isolation areas. With high determination, the research team as well as staff of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, DUT-UD had coordinated to implement ideas and technological solutions to urgently manufacture, successfully test and transfer robots to Hospital only in 10 days.
“DUT-UD is committed to warrant the quality of robots for 01 year. In addition, we are doing research to add the remote body temperature measurements as well as continuing to manufacture and develop products for domestic hospitals and units in the upcoming time ” said by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doan Quang Vinh
Rector Doan Quang Vinh shared his ideas
At the handover ceremony, Dr. Med. Tran Dinh Vinh, Director of Danang Hospital for Women and Children, highly acknowledged the efforts and dedication of the research team, the attention and guidance from UD’s leaders, DUT-UD, together with other staff of DUT-UD who had launched a useful product to serve for the urgent needs. Robots could transport food and necessities, remotely follow the status of isolated patients, limit the direct contact between medical staff and patients. "In particular, the isolated and cared patients of Hospital are pregnant women and children so that the need to use robots is very useful and effective." shared by Dr. Med. Tran Dinh Vinh.
Dr. Med. Tran Dinh Vinh, Director of Danang Hospital for Women and Children
Dr. Vo Nhu Thanh, Head of Mechatronics subject, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, DUT-UD confirmed that the robot was controlled by hands with 01 multi-directional button, the required movement speed. It was designed from stainless steel, streamlined structure, limited angular, easy disinfectant spray but waterproof with a maximum load of up to 100 kg. In addition, the robot was also equipped with a camera and speaker so that doctors could observe the patient's condition and communicate with them.
Research team of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, DUT-UD guided the operation
According to the research team, the total cost of manufacturing robots was about VND 50 million. Upon the proposal of research team, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Vu – UD’s President extremely supported and directed relevant units to create favorable conditions for encouragement and support the research team to complete this product for the community.
DUT-UD’s Research team
According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quang Son – UD’s Vice President, UD’s Science and Technology Development Fund had supported VND 30 million along with fund from DUT-UD to serve for the research and manufacturing process. In the morning of March 23, 2020, UD’s President Nguyen Ngoc Vu also awarded the Certificate of Merit along with the reward of VND 10 million to acknowledge and commend the initiative of Prof. Dr. Sc. Bui Van Ga (Head of the GATEC research team, DAUT-UD) for inventing, using effectively and transferring the remote body temperature measuring device in Covid-19 prevention.
The robot for transporting food and necessities used in Covid-19 isolation areas