Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway e-inaugurated Medi-bot Jivaka at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai on 25.8.2020. Principal Head of Departments and Divisional Railway Managers of all 5 divisions were present on line. Parel Workshop of Central Railways has taken a lead in fight against COVID 19 since the very beginning. It has manufactured and provided Masks, PPE Coveralls, Sanitizer, Oxygen trolleys for assistance of COVID warriors. It has also converted Railway Coaches into COVID Isolation Coaches. In its endeavour to provide better facilities to COVID warriors and drawing inspiration from leadership of Mr. Sanjeev Mittal, this workshop has designed and conceptualized Medical robot for use in current COVID 19 pandemic. Valuable guidance and inputs were provided by Mr. A.K. Gupta, PCME and Mr. B.M. Aggarwal, CWE to Team of Parel Workshop under Mr. Vivek Acharaya, CWM. It is designed to handle COVID 19 patients and will reduce the exposure of healthcare workers to COVID patients. Jivaka, a remote-controlled rover can also follow a marked line to move to the patients’ beds. It works as virtual healthcare worker to do various activities related to the patients care and monitoring of vitals such as measuring Blood Pressure, Oxygen saturation level, Body temperature etc. Jivaka has two-way communication and video coverage of the patient. Doctor can talk to the patient and can make a virtual check by seeing the patient on the screen. Jivaka has inbuilt device that monitors patient’s temperature, Blood Pressure, heart rate and Oxygen level. All these parameters can be checked by the doctor sitting in his chamber. The virtual check up of the patient will reduce the exposure of doctor and paramedic staff significantly.
Jivaka also has a medicine box to give regular medication to the patient. Once complete check up is done and medicine is offered to the patient, Jivaka will be called back to its deck for disinfection and then its ready for the next patient automatically. Parel workshop in collaboration with Dronstark and BGN Medtex (India) Pvt. Ltd. conceptualised and designed the medibot Jivaka.