From Francis Nansak, Lafia
Globally, nations, institutions and scientists are faced with the challenges of halting the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, through the application of cutting-edge technology.
Some of the steps taken so far to address the pandemic include provision of more medics, building of isolation centres to cater for those who are exposed to the virus, among other preventive and disease management measures.
The Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State is not left out in the quest to defeat Covid-19.
The Polytechnic, as part of its scientific contributions to the battle against Covid-19 has produced a ventilator with an attached pulse system.
The school has also produced a disinfectant tunnel fused with a mechanically operated sanitizer, as well as mass production of face masks and hand sanitizers.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Abbdullahi Alhassan Ahmed, in an interview with a group of journalist recently in his office, said the institution has also produced a 10 KVA solar system with 9,600 watts, powered by 10 kilo watts inverter that supplies power to the Electrical/Electronic Department of the school.
Ahmed, who took the journalists round the department, said the institution is poised to do more.
He said the hand washing machines with special features to dispense hand sanitizer produced by the Poly, would be distributed to classes and various departments to prevent Covid-19 from the school.
“We are working gradually to build a standard isolation centre in-case of an outbreak of Covid-19 or any other disease in the school.
“We lack nothing and we will do the best of the support we have received to delve into technological inventions,” the rector added.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Education; Adamu Adamu, the Polytechnic’s Governing Council, staff and students for providing him with the required support to pilot the affairs of the institution, adding that the school is ready for academic activities anytime the Federal Government deem it fit to re-open schools.
“As you can see, the school is well prepared for students’ resumption, with what we have on ground to curtail the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 or any other disease,” he said.