An Abuja-based secondary school, Glisten International Academy, has developed an indigenous mobile robot ‘Mairabot’ that can interface between doctors and patients to reduce COVID-19 infection.
The students of the academy, while presenting the robot at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Wednesday in Abuja, said the robot will help reduce the rate of COVID-19 infection from patients to medical personnel.
The Executive Director of the Academy, Mr Abba Saidu, who led the team to NITDA, said the students prior to COVID-19 era, had different projects they were working on, adding that it was easy for them to delve into developing the robot inline with the pandemic’s realities.
“This robot is created to reduce the number of physical contact between medical personnel and infected persons and this will in return, reduce drastically, the number of medical personnel that will be infected in the process of carrying out their duties.
“The robot can run for four hours and its functions include, taking of temperature, delivering of drugs to patients.
“Innovative measures were put in place to checkmate the development process of the project, to ensure it meets international standards and also improve its performance level to cover other aspects of human life,” Saidu said.
The executive director said the robot was developed by 30 students that made their contributions via an online platform.
He also said that the robot could function in the country because the components were locally sourced.
NITDA Director General, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, in his remarks,commended the academy for such an innovation, while pledging to support entities with innovative ideas to address the nation’s challenges.
Inuwa enjoined the students to see future in digital skills, as it was the sustainable way for a consolidated digital era.
He,however, directed the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship,a subsidiary of the agency to ensure that the project and the inventors enjoyed necessary visibility in order to promote their idea for commercialisation.
The students, teachers of the school were also equipped with some digital tools which consisted of seven iPads, a laptop,other internet facilities to aid their further ideation.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa
COVID-19 rules for pubs to change soon – UK minister
Changes will be brought in to COVID-19-related rules affecting pubs, Britain’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Monday.
Asked whether pubs would open at the weekend, Hancock said, “we’ll be absolutely clear about changes that we need to make in the very, very near future.
“We’ve been working on this all weekend.
“We haven’t taken the final decision about what we need to do in response to the surge in new cases that we’ve seen’’.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Coaches association official urges FG, football stakeholders to support players, coaches
Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria that players and coaches needed financial and material support from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, as well as all football stakeholders.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic the players and coaches have been held down in their various houses, since there are no sports events.
“I wonder how they (players and coaches) are coping to feed themselves. Some of them don’t have any job other than in football,” Abdullahi said.
He said coaches and players were family men like other people in the society.
“Some of them are bread winners who are in need of money to take care of their family needs. So, they need support.’’
Abdullahi however advised coaches to use the COVID-19 period to keep fit in spite of the restriction on football activities in the country.
“They can be training individuals in their various homes and also help them to keep fit. This is because people are adding weight due to lack of sports activities.
“They should be preparing to get back to their normal training activities, before the total ease of the lockdown, so as to keep fit whenever the league commences,” he said.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and Olawale Alabi)
International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna
The Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.
Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’
She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”
Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.
She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.
“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.
Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.
“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.
“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.
“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed
NHRC inaugurates COVID-19-compliant primary school building in Imo
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom block has six modern toilets, a borehole and a power generating set.
NAN also reports that the inauguration was performed by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu at Central School, Ezi- East (Old St. Dominic’s Primary School) in Umueleagwa, Onicha Ezinihitte Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ojukwu described the three-classroom block as part of efforts by the commission to give the children in rural areas access to education in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Ojukwu, himself an alumnus of the primary school, said that with the provision of six modern toilet facilities, running water, with hand washing basins and hand sanitiser, the school was ready for reopening.
“This inauguration ceremony is part of the yearly festivities to mark the feast of St. Dominic’s, which was the first primary school in the locality, by the old boys and girls.
“With the provision of these amenities, the old St Patrick’s Primary School has become one of the first rural schools in the state that will meet the COVID-19 protocols for reopening anytime government decides to reopen primary schools in Imo,” Ojukwu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government council, Mr Francis Onyeberechi, thanked NHRC for executing and inaugurating the project, calling on other sons and daughters of the state to emulate the gesture.
Onyeberechi, who was represented by Mr Chukwuma Emeghali, added that well-aerated classrooms as well as amenities to meet up with COVID-19 protocols, as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was an indication that normal academic life would soon be restored in the state.
Also, the Head teacher of the school, Mrs Jacintha Chukwu, thanked the alumni of the school for synergising with the state government to create an enabling environment for the execution of the project.
She urged parents in the community to bring their children to the school upon resumption, stressing that the school was equal to the task of containing the pandemic.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq