In complementing the efforts of the government in combating the menace of COVID-19 pandemic, the management of Osun State University has kick-started plans to begin massive COVID-19 test.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Labode Popoola made this known to the Journalists on Monday, 15th of June 2020 at the unveiling of the university sanitizing cubicle at its main campus in Osogbo.
Professor Popoola said that the University has been complementing the effort of the Government in ensuring that the COVID-19 pandemic did not spread in the state.
“We started with a public enlightenment seminar on COVID-19 since March, 2020; produced jingles to enlightened the general public in five different languages; English, Yoruba, Hausa, Pidgin, and Igbo; launched an online forecasting model to advise the government on the best policy; distributed relief palliative to the vulnerable ones in our host communities through the monarchs and now, we have developed a sanitizing cubicle.
We are still not relenting as the state government has approved funds for the institution to acquire a PCR machine to conduct COVID-19 test and I can tell you for a fact that in the next one month from now, we will start massive COVID-19 test in UNIOSUN.
Speaking on the sanitizing cubicle, the chairman of the committee that developed the sanitizing cubicle and a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering of Osun State University, Dr. Musbaudeen Idris, said “the Vice-Chancellor challenged us in the Faculty of Engineering to develop something that can impact positively the society and we started the work like four weeks ago. We were able to develop a cubicle which is like a shield that is purely mechanical.
You can wash your hands with soap and water by matching a pedal without using your hands to touch anything and a sprayer is also built in the cubicle that will spray all the body from head to toe to disinfect of any virus that might be hiding in the body.
Immediately after this unveiling, we will start producing in mass for organizations such as banks, hospitals, and government parastatals at a friendly price,” Dr. Idris added.
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