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Polytechnic’s Neonatal LED Phototherapy to assist Jaundice babies

News   Lusungu Munthali   September 25, 2017
PIC: A display of the neonatal LED photo-therapy
Universities are not just established to educate people but also enable them to make a difference in the communities and the nation. The Polytechnic is just near the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and therefore Biomedical Science is something that is at the heart and centre of the Polytechnic and they must design things that work for hospitals.

These are the words of the Minister of Education Science and Technology, Honourable Bright Msaka speaking at the Polytechnic when he visited the Polytechnic Design studio as part of his inspection on the construction that is going on at the campus. 

The studio has for a long time been a workshop for different innovations from students pursuing different programs at the college. 

The Neonatal LED phototherapy is one of the breed ingenuity from the studio as an initiative from the Environmental Health Department. This machine emits light that is shown on babies with Jaundice and the disease is cured. 

“This is a great innovation for the college and the country as this is a way the college is giving back to the community. The Neonatal LED Phototherapy is already being used at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and there are prospects that the machines will be available in other hospitals and clinics around the country,” said Msaka.

The Minister clearly emphasized on the relevance of the Polytechnic institution for bringing such initiatives that are relevant to the country. He appreciated the efforts by the students to innovate; something he commended to be proud of and later encouraged students to continue with the good work.

The Polytechnic has for 30 years been without adequate infrastructure such as science laboratories, classrooms and lecture theatres. However students and alumni from the college have managed to bring about great innovation and good performance in various industries.


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