INNOVATIONS TOWARDS COMBATING COVID 19 PANDEMIC BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING.

 TPI Mechanical Vent 2020 and TPI Smart Hand Washer 2020 are the new innovations of Department of Mechatronics Engineering, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria. These innovations are contributions to research and development needs of COVID 19 pandemic that is ravaging the country and the world at large.

TPI Mechanical Vent 2020

Description:

  • Mechanical Ventilator is a machine that helps a patient breathe (Ventilate) when they  can not breathe on their own due to critical illness.
  • The patient is connected to the ventilator with a hollow tube (artificial airway) that goes in their mouth and down into their main airway or trachea. They remain on the ventilator until they improve enough to breathe on their own.
  • The outbreak of COVID 19 and its attendant effect requires urgent intervention of engineering personnel to rise above in salvaging the situation, by researching into this kind of project.
  • Hence, the development of this Mechanical Ventilator.
  1. TPI Smart Hand Washer 2020

Description:

  • TPI Smart Hand Washer is an innovation towards preventing the spread of COVID- 19 and beyond.
  • One of the ways COVID 19 have said to travel easily is through with surfaces. TPI Smart Hand Washer enables ease of washing hands without touching any surface around the equipment.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

As part of precautionary measures to prevent members of The Polytechnic, Ibadan community from contracting Corona Virus (COVID-19). Management in consultation with the Director Medical Services, The Polytechnic, Ibadan has taken the following measures:

  1. All international conferences to be hosted by the faculties should be suspended until further notice.
  2. All international travels by staff are suspended until further notice.
  3. All incoming and outgoing exchange programmes as well as international visits of foreign partners and collaborators are suspended until further notice.
  4. Staff already out on international travel should inform the Management of the Institution on arrival by contacting the Director, Medical Services on Such person is strongly advised to self-isolate for at least fourteen (14) days before reporting to the office.
  5. All Departments, Faculties, Units, Halls of Residence, places of worship and other places with high concentration of people on campus are hereby advised to make provision for or resuscitate facilities for hand-washing in their immediate environment to encourage routine hand-wash. Adequate signs indicating such should also be provided.
  6. Individuals are advised to have alcohol-based hand sanitiser at homes and their other immediate surroundings to complement the preventive measures provided in the offices and work environment.
  7. Internal programme organisers, halls and event centres are to make hand sanitisers available on site.
  8. Heads of department and office holders should encourage local implementation of these preventive measures in their various offices.
  9. Management is working to complement the recommended preventive measures.
  10. A monitoring team will go round to ensure compliance.
  11. As much as possible, handshakes and other body contacts should be avoided.
  12. There is no need for anyone to panic. The above are precautionary measures as personal health consciousness and health education on prevention is still considered a major intervention against COVID-19 and similar diseases.
  13. Management and Director of Medical Services, The Polytechnic, Health Centre will collaborate to provide further enlightenment to members on the COVID-19.
  14. Members of The Polytechnic Community are advised to give attention to the information that will be provided on various platforms.

Anyone who observe symptoms of the COVID-19 such as running nose, sore throat, cough and fever etc is strongly advised to immediately call the following hotlines 07030712061,08034071635, 08023340632 and contact the Institution’s Health Centre.

COVID-19, FACTS, FABLES AND SAFETY MEASURES.

(A TALK PRESENTED BY DR OLALERE ADEAGBO, DIRECTOR, MEDICAL SERVICES AND CHAIRMAN COVID-19 TASK FORCE MONITORING COMMITTEE, THE POLYTECHNIC, IBADAN.)

PREAMBLE:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) that sneaked into the world through an outlet in China in 2019 has reached a pandemic state. This novice infection has globally taken its toll on practically everything including human, health, economy and education. Millions of lives have been consumed and the losses are still on going.

The reality borne on us is that we are going to live with it for some time. Since this is a reality, we have to find ways of coping with it, curtailing it and staying clean of it while lasting solutions are being searched for by ways of various researches globally.

This lecture which is targeted at staff and students of this Polytechnic as part of the management’s efforts to sensitize the populace in preparation for resumption after the prolonged lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.

 DEFINITION

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a communicable respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that causes illness in humans. Scientists are still learning about the disease.

Symptoms and Signs.

So far, studies have identified the following symptoms and signs of the disease;

  1. a) Most Common:

   – fever (Temperature higher than 370C)

   – dry cough

   – tiredness (fatigue) or weakness

   – shivering / shaking [chills]

  1. b) Less Common:

    – Aches and pains

    – sore throat

    – diarrhoea

    – conjunctivitis (redness of the eyes)

Download full Covid-19 Lecture here

THE POLYTECHNIC, IBADAN HAS SUCCESSFULLY PRODUCED SANITIZER TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE STATE.

The Management of the institution noticed the trend and dimension the deadly virus was taking, the apparent scarcity of standard hand sanitizers coupled with production by quacks and thus gathered its experts to produce world class sanitizers for public use. The authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan have come out with the production of world class hand sanitizers as part of efforts to join hands with the Oyo State and The Federal government in the preventive measures against the deadly COVID-19.

As a leading Polytechnic situated in a city with a very large population and a state larger than two or three states, the onus is on the institution to look for ways and means to make contributions to the State at its hour of need. The product is already available at the Institution’s Vocational Skill and Entrepreneurship Study Centre (VSESC) as well some pharmaceutical Centres in Ibadan.

Some of the sanitizers had been presented to some senior government functionaries who also made purchase and distributed in their constituencies. The production of the hand sanitizers was coordinated by Vocational Skills and Entrepreneurship Study Centre (VSESC)