Recently, the National Youth Service Corps, Akwa Ibom State inaugurated an electricity-powered disinfection chamber for testing COVID-19. This was designed and constructed by corp members serving in the state.
The State Coordinator, Julius Amusan speaking at the inauguration said, ” the corp members have since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak supported the state government in various capacity leveraging on the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program which was made compulsory for the state corp members.”
“Three weeks ago, some group of corp members donated items toward the fight against COVID-19 which has been forwarded to the state government and Here we are today commissioning yet another contribution of corp members in the state for the same purpose.”
He mentioned that all of these were carried out by a group of corp members utilizing a platform called Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Program founded by NYSC.”
John Paul Alumo, NTA newsman in an ‘o clock news affirmed that corp members in the state have made contributions towards the fight against COVID-19 with the most recent being the fabrication of a disinfection chamber for civil servants and visitors going in and out of the Federal Secretariat Complex, Uyo.
The crew which comprised corp members engineers and scientists said the project took 9days to be completed and explained that the chamber has the capacity to sanitize anyone against the virus. They further explained that the chamber has an LDR sensor which picks signal once a person walks into it after 3seconds, it sprays the sanitizing solution on the person for another 3seconds. A liquid sensor is in the sanitizing solution tank which helps to give a warning when the liquid is low and a refill is required.
The crew Engineers are Kamar Folarin Florence, 2019 Batch 1 corp member currently serving at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Uyo; Tom Goodnews serving at the UNIPORT Government Technical College, Ewet; Adetifa Omoyemi, 2019 Batch B1 corp member and Oche Ngbade Jerome.
The crew sanitizing solution formulators are Okoye Chisom Macmanus, 2019 Batch B1 corp member serving at Community Secondary School, Aka Offot, Uyo; Moses Wisdom C. serving at Medical Laboratory Scientist University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo; and Agoro Tayo Gift.
In a one-on-one interview with the crew:
Adetifa Omoyemi, an Electrical Engineer graduate from the Ekiti State University and the lead fabricator of the chamber said, they brainstormed based on their different areas of specialization and came to a conclusion that brought up the structure. He said the automated disinfection chamber operated with electricity and could last as long as there was the power supply.
In his words, “I studied Electrical/Electronic Engineering. I have a passion for building electronic stuff. We saw the idea and we came up with our different teams. Talking about the chamber, “The only issue could be an interruption in the power supply but if this doesn’t occur or damage to this structure, it can last long,” he said.
He further added that the materials used for the construction of the disinfection chamber met the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) standards.
Okoye Chisom, a Bio-Chemist from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University who supervised the solution for disinfection speaking said, once anyone comes in contact with it, within three seconds, it releases the spray and the disinfectant lands on the body and start doing the job.
He added that they used approved disinfectant, which included sodium hypochlorite at an approved percentage to avoid damage to the skin.
In his words, “We used EPA approved disinfectant of which one of them is sodium hypochlorite, but with an approved percentage so that it will not irritate the body as well as do the work of disinfection. We also added little disinfectant property as ingredients to support the efficacy and make it more effective. As we can see, once it releases the spray and the disinfectant lands on your body, it has a maximum of five minutes contact to start doing the job.”
Talking about one of its advantages, “This has to go through your body while hand sanitisers only sanitise your hands. As you are turning 360 degrees it touches your handbag, clothes and any other thing that might have come in contact with the virus,” he said.
Kamar Florence, a Mechatronics Engineer from the Federal University Oye Ekiti and an important part of the crew said, “the innovation shows that they didn’t go to school for the fun of it and that they can do much better and come up with greater inventions if given the opportunity and resources.”
Julius Amusan, in a concluding speech, said they discovered the willingness of the corp members and gave them good support as they didn’t want them to bury the idea when it was presented to them.
In a closing remark, Amusan urged other youths to emulate the corps members and use their potentials to develop the country.
He commended the corps members for their zeal and contributions to the fight against coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The crew members have taken to their social media pages to express their excitement and appreciate all who were a party to the success of the innovation which included but not limited to their Local Government Inspector, Mrs Gloria Awashi.
Nigerians are amazing!