The Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) has joined the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by developing locally-produced machines that will help fight the virus.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Prof. Idris Bugaje, said at a news conference on Thursday, that Covid-19 Pandemic had exposed Nigeria’s many shortcomings in terms of preparedness, medications and equipment in the fight against this novel virus.
He said to address these challenges, many Institutions of Higher Learning, especially Polytechnics and Universities, have made some contributions in design and local development of Respirators, Manual and Automated Hand Washing Machines, Ethanol-Based Sanitizers Production, Herbal Remedies Against Covid-19, etc.
According to him, “Kaduna Polytechnic Management equally decided to set up a ‘Technology Response Team to COVID-19’ domiciled at the Centre for Technology Development (CTD) of the Polytechnic to address the technological gaps in the responses to Covid-19 in Nigeria.
“The Team has come up, at the moment, with two key interventions that will ensure sustainability of the nation’s response to the pandemic. These are: 1. Design and Development of Plant for the Production of Medical Oxygen from Air. This could supply medical oxygen promptly and sustainably to all the respirators being operated in our hospitals in Nigeria, which at present relays on imports. The cost estimate covering up to Plant Commissioning is N50 Million.’
“Design and Development of Plant for the Production of Sodium Hypochlorite from Table Salt. This shall produce sodium hypochlorite, which is the key fumigant for environmental sanitization in the fight against COVID-19 as against the present import of concentrates that are diluted and sold in the Nigerian market. The cost estimate covering up to Plant Commissioning is N64 Million.”
He said these two Chemical Plants were designed by their Nigerian Engineers, staff of Kaduna Polytechnic.
This he said, would be the first time Nigeria was designing and building its own production plants for these Chemicals.
” Even after the Pandemic is over, these products shall be needed by other end users in the nation’s economy such as Petroleum and Petrochemical Plants, metal fabrication factories, water treatment plants, domestic fumigations, etc.”
“With the very restricted budgets of the Polytechnic, which can’t deal with the belief of those initiatives, we look for interventions from well-meaning Nigerians to actualize these necessary vegetation, to save Nigeria international alternate of their imports and guarantee we’re ready to frontally handle such medical and different emergencies now and sooner or later. The private and non-private sectors are invited to be part of fingers with Kaduna Polytechnic in realizing these necessary technological milestones.”
“We are conscious that the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund) intends to assist six (6) Medical Simulation Facilities and twelve (12) ‘Centres of Excellence’ in Universities throughout Nigeria in 2020 to handle Research and Development on Covid-19.
Unfortunately not a single Polytechnic was included on this intervention. This, regardless of the actual fact that previously a number of a long time of analysis interventions from TETFund, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF) and different companies, the 170 Universities in Nigeria are but to develop a single expertise that Nigeria is utilizing at present. We should subsequently begin to develop confidence in our Polytechnics when it comes to improvements in expertise. Research with out
Development will find yourself as Journal papers in library cabinets solely.” ”Polytechnics are well-positioned to perform the DEVELOPMENT and transfer analysis carried out in laboratories into manufacturing vegetation to affect the well being care system and the economic system typically.
Again Nigeria can’t wait to get these two necessary merchandise, medical oxygen and sodium hypochlorite, that could possibly be produced regionally by the Polytechnic sector and utilizing easy and simply accessible uncooked supplies, air and desk salt, within the struggle towards the present pandemic,” he mentioned.