The Oko Federal Polytechnic School in Anambra, a state in southeastern Nigeria, has recently unveiled its new creation. It is a solar-powered automatic coronavirus disinfection machine. It will be used to control the spread of the pandemic within the institution and beyond.
The Covid-19 is still prevalent in Nigeria despite the barrier measures enacted by the government. Several states in the country are already affected by the disease. It is in this context that the Oko Federal Polytechnic School in Anambra, a state in southeastern Nigeria, has decided to set up an automatic solar-powered anti-Covid-19 disinfection machine. The machine has just been unveiled to the public. It was designed by the institution’s engineers.
The role of the machine
The automated device at the Federal Institute of Technology in Oko will be used to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic within the institution and beyond (government ministries and agencies, churches, markets and institutions…). It is equipped with three key devices, including a soap and water dispenser, a hand dryer and a hand disinfection dispenser. The machine can accommodate three people simultaneously.
Once the water and disinfectant dispensers are filled, more than 1,000 people will be able to use the automated machine. It will need to be refilled afterwards. “We are doing our best to fight the Covid-19. The materials used in the production of the machine are all produced by the school. The effectiveness of the machine is guaranteed for a period of at least five years, whereas solar equipment lasts more than 25 years,” says Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo, the chancellor of the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Oko.
According to Unoma Nwafulugo, the school plans to produce 100 automated machines, initially for sale throughout the country to limit the spread of the pandemic. To achieve this, financial assistance is being sought from the federal and state governments, as well as from companies for mass production of the machines.