THE National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has inaugurated an automated disinfection chamber in Akwa Ibom to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.
The automated disinfection chamber, which has the capacity to sanitise the whole body in three seconds, was inaugurated by the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Julius Amusan in Uyo on Tuesday.
Amusan said the chamber was constructed by corps members in the state as part of their contribution to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the product was constructed by the corps members through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme (SAED).
Amusan said that NYSC management attached great importance to the SAED programme to ensure that corps members within the service year acquired addition to skill to their knowledge.
He said: “In the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), we have what we call Skill Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED) under which we train corps members in different skills.
“The inauguration we are witnessing this moment is as a result of our efforts at joining the collective efforts being made at every level of government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“You will recall that about three weeks ago, some group of corps members under the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programme came up with some items which we have donated to the state government as part of our own contributions towards the fight against COVID-19.
The state coordinator said that the disinfection chamber would be useful to corporate organisations such as banks and ministries.
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.
Speaking the lead fabricator of the disinfection chamber, Mr Adetifa Omoyemi, an Electrical Electronics Engineering graduate from Ekiti State University, said the chamber was put together by some corps engineers and scientists.
He said that the automated disinfection chamber operated with electricity and could last as long as there was power supply.
“I studied Electrical Electronic Engineering. I have passion for buildings electronic stuffs. We saw the idea and we came up with our different teams.
“The only issue could be power failure, but when there is no power failure or damage to this chamber, it can last long,” he said.
He said that the materials used for the construction of the disinfection chamber met the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) standards.
The corps member that supervised the solution for disinfection, Mr Okoye Chisom, a graduate of Biochemistry from Nnamdi Azikiwe University said they used approved disinfectant, which included sodium hypochloride at approved percentage to avoid damage to the skin.
“We used EPA approved disinfectant of which one of them is sodium hypochloride, 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 and it start doing the job.
“This has to go through your body while hand sanitisers only sanitise your hands. As you are turning 360 degrees it touches your hand bag, clothes and any other thing that might have come in contact with the virus,” he said.
– May 19, 2020 @ 14:25 GMT /