As part of the Bolgatanga Technical University’s core mandate to be a leading technical university in the country, it has come up with a new device called ‘Analog Hands-free Veronica Basket’ that seeks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to lecturers of the University,the invention came at a time that will help fight COVID-19 and also prove to the world that lecturers and students of the University were capable in their technical expertise.
Speaking exclusively to A1 News, Nsoh Adongo, the brain behind the invention explained that there were more invention ideas that will be coming to transform farming activities in the various communities.
“Aside from this one, I’m working on a project where farmers in these communities will no longer use their hands to sow millets or maize but the device will be doing all that. It is a sign to prove that the lecturers are ready to impact knowledge and ideals to students and the country as a whole.”
As the Head of Sculpture Section in the Industrial Art Department at the Bolgatanga Technical University, Mr. Adongo together with his colleagues made their first donation of the invented device with other essential medical items worth 35, 000.00 cedis to some health centers in the Bolgatanga Municipality.
“As part of the corporate social responsibility of the University, we felt there was a moral obligation on us to contribute our widow’s mite to support frontline health workers with PPEs to better deal with potential cases at their facilities. The risk that our health workers are exposed to and the sacrifice that they are making at this difficult time cannot be quantified and can certainly not go unnoticed” he said.
The University donated; Veronica buckets, hand sanitizers, nose masks, liquid soap, and gloves to the University Clinic, Sumbrungu Health Centre, and the Municipal Health Directorate.
Vice-Rector of the University, Prof. Peter Osei Boamah appealed to recipients of the items to put them into appropriateuse, emphasizing that the donated Veronica buckets were all designed and produced by a lecturer of the University.
“The nose masks he said were also designed and made by lecturers and students of Industrial Art Department of the University He intimated that as a Technical University, the school is poised to be a hub of technical/vocational training and innovation.”He stated.
The Vice-Rector also seized the opportunity to advise the public to observe the safety protocols preached by the health officials in order to stay safe.
Receiving the items, the Bolgatanga Municipal director of Health Service Edmund Nyanwura appreciated the gesture by the lecturers, adding that his outfit was available for any group willing to undergo COVID-19 test.
The university according to the Rector and staff, will, open application forms for admissions in September for interested persons.