INNOVATION

Varsity develops sanitiser, mask against Covid-19

VC Ndirangu Kioni says they are working out final details on safe public use

In Summary
  • The university has also come up with a reusable mask
  • They are exploring production of protective clothing after discussions with hospitals in the area
Central regional commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga gets his hands sanitised by Kimathi University vice chancellor Ndirangu Kioni on Thursday using a hand sanitiser developed by the institution
NEW PRODUCT: Central regional commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga gets his hands sanitised by Kimathi University vice chancellor Ndirangu Kioni on Thursday using a hand sanitiser developed by the institution
Image: EUTYCAS MUCHIRI

Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri has developed a sanitiser that can be used to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Vice chancellor Ndirangu Kioni said they were working out the final details on safe public use.

“We are in the final stages of working out the details with the Kenya Bureau of Standards. Once we do that, then we should be able to provide safe sanitisers for the people in the county and if we get enough quantity we can also provide it to other people outside the county,” he said.

“Our objective is to make sure that the sanitiser is affordable, so we are trying to get enough quantities of supplies of key materials,” he said.

Kioni said sanitisers and masks have been in use at the university. The university has also come up with a reusable mask.

The mask is made of a piece of cloth, making it easy to wash and reuse.

The VC said the university developed the mask after realising people were using disposable masks which, when used for several days, may expose one to other infections.

The university is also exploring production of protective clothing after discussions with hospitals in the area.

“We will also be rolling that out to help our hospitals and front-line responders to cope with the situation,” Kioni said.

The VC spoke after a meeting with the Central regional commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga in his office on Thursday.

Nyagwanga lauded the university for its innovations. “The masks will be very essential to the security people who are working with the community out there,” he said.

Edited by Henry Makori