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Poly helps in fighting COVID19

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   April 17, 2020
PIC: The team that produced the materials
In line with the Polytechnic’s core values which centers on innovation and responsiveness, the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences in collaboration with the Design studio, has come up with low cost materials and equipment which could be used as preventing measures in the fight against the Corona Virus disease (COVID 19).

The materials include; low cost ventilators to be used in  hospitals, 3D printable reusable face masks, a drone which could be used to transfer blood samples and other testing facilities from the rural areas, plastic face shields for safety of medical practitioners, hand sanitizers which meets the World Health Organization standard and leg operated water dispensers for easy and safe hand washing.

Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, the Principal, Professor Grant Kululanga explained that as an institution which aims at providing solutions to the community, they formed  a COVID 19 task force, which through research came up with the innovative ideas.

“The next step is to protype them, scale them up and start producing in large quantities so that they should be accessible to the general public and hospitals.” Professor Kululanga said.

The projects were performed by students from different departments of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Later each member of these teams presented their products and demonstrated on how they operate.

The project needs cooperation from the public so that they should be produced in large quantities so that they should be beneficial to the country.

Those who would like to be part of these project in any way be it financial or professional expertise can do so by contacting the Polytechnic Design Studio.


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