COVID-19: UNN unveils hand-cleaning machine

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has launched a contactless digital hand-cleaning machine that uses sensors to monitor body temperature, dispenses hand sanitizer, detergent, and water.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Charles Igwe, while inspecting the equipment produced by the institution’s Faculty of Engineering, said that the machine was an improvement over the manual hand cleaning machine that dispenses detergent and water.

“This machine is different from what we have seen before, it performs four functions at a time without the user making any physical contact,” the Vice-Chancellor, who was visibly elated said after using the machine to clean his hand and measure his temperature.

He challenged the Faculty of Engineering and other faculties in the university to come up with more fabrications, products, and designs that would have a direct impact on the society.

“We should go beyond writing research papers to the fabrication of machines, equipment, and designs that will solve the numerous problems in our society,” he said while congratulating the Dean of Engineering and his staff for demonstrating leadership in engineering and fabrication.

While explaining the processes that led to the manufacturing of the machine the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Emeka Obe, said that it was produced within four weeks by the Auto Service Centre of the faculty.

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He said that the production cost, estimated at over N300,000.00 was contributed by the staff in the service centre led by Nwakile.

The Dean appealed for sponsorship to enable the faculty to mass-produce the machine which he believed would simplify the process of monitoring prevention against COVID-19 pandemic.

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