General news

Nigerian youths set to produce surgical grade face mask

Published

on

By Oluwafunke Ishola

A tech start-up, Naija Force, has devised a mechanism to produce a surgical-grade face mask that would solve global challenges and support crucial preventive measures in public health.

Ifedayo Ojo, team leader, Naija Force, revealed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Naija Force team won the “ Mass’k Appeal Award ” and finished second in a global competition hosted by the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge, winning a $ 250,000 grant for mask production .

The competition is a $ 1 million challenge, which aims to reimagine the protective masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making the masks more comfortable, functional, accessible and stylish.

The competition received approximately 1,000 entries from 76 countries.

He encouraged teams to design a face mask that overcomes at least five of the top ten barriers to wearing the mask.

Common barriers to mask use include: fogging of glasses, overheating, discomfort, difficulty breathing, making conversations difficult, and prohibiting exercise while wearing.

Other barriers are improper fit, pain, blocked facial expressions, not being able to eat or drink, not being environmentally friendly, looking ugly or boring, and difficulty to acquire the mask.

The members of the Naija Force team are Ifedayo Ojo, an industrial product designer; Samuel Akinola, UX researcher and designer and Arotiba Ayobami, business relations manager.

Ojo said the team would work with top pulmonologists, John Hopkins University, the United States and other partners in producing the mask that would be useful beyond COVID-19.

He said using innovative technology to improve masks would redefine the standard for mask-wearing behavior and help maintain crucial non-pharmaceutical public health measures to mitigate the risk and impact of the pandemic.

“Masks have been proven to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, reduce the total number of infections, severe cases or deaths.

“The Naija Force mask has a flexible, malleable strap that can conform to the shape of the wearer’s nose.

“This mask is not intended to be a one-size-fits-all, but it is available in different sizes to accommodate the unique contours and shapes of the face.

“Not being able to exercise with face masks is the result of a combination of issues like breathability, fit and comfort that our mask effectively addresses,” he said.

According to him, the mask has an openable drinking inlet, through which straws can be inserted for drinking, thus ensuring minimal contact with the naked face.

Ojo noted that adjusting to life with COVID-19 was a challenge facing everyone around the world, saying scalable solutions that would help people live normally and reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 were crucial. .

He said as the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues globally, it is essential to adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions to minimize the disruption that could result from a third or fourth wave of COVID-19.

He added that the mission of the Naija Force was to provide solutions to global challenges, to familiarize the world with the potential of Nigerian youth and to increase the competitiveness of the country.

Ojo called on federal and state governments to increase funding for research and development.

He stressed that local solutions and innovations should be applied to challenges in all sectors.

“Doing this will improve scientific progress, innovation, product development, poverty reduction and socio-economic growth.” (NOPE)

(NAN)

Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3yDS

NNN

NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Manchester City in first UCL semi-final under Guardiola A decade later, the Rugby Union returns to the Nigeria National Sports Festival – Edo 2020 The House of Reps will commit the governors on the autonomy of the judiciary UPFIELD Announces Etihad Airways Chef As Winner Of The First Vegan Dessert Category In This Year’S Emirates Salon CulinaireAR’S EMIRATES SALON CULINAIRE Group condemns attack on Ebonyi community 17,000 to date receive AstraZeneca’s first blow to Enugu – Official Concussion education leads to increase in World Rugby course completions to 1.8 million Nigeria registers 89 new COVID-19 infections, now totaling 164,000 Hon. Bolaji Dada charges women to actively participate in politics UN mandates ECOWAS with policies to protect and recognize women in informal sectors UN COVID-19 pooled fund funded 40% of medical supplies in Nigeria – Kallon FCTA educates farmers on resilient agriculture and food security systems Guber seeker advocates innovative approaches to boost Anambra IGR Chibok girls always on our minds, says the presidency NSCDC foils jailbreak attempt at correctional facility in Ubiaja, Edo Edo 2020: a sports festival to never forget – MOC Lawan is committed to supporting the profession of surveyor COVID-19: Osinbajo warns against vaccine nationalism COVID-19: Traditional leader tells Nigerians to put fears aside and get vaccinated Police confirm attack on Nsukka community Delta to host 21st National Sports Festival Debt figures published do not relate only to the FG – DMO FG reaffirms its commitment to securing the release of Chibok Girls Health group seeks media support to fight tuberculosis PDP Southwest Zone Congress: Caucus of Representatives Welcomes Result Farmers want insect-resistant, high-yielding cowpeas – NABDA Lagos Govt. recognizes Nigerian actresses Voriancorelli seeks N20 billion on Lagos Commodities Exchange Next NSF winners to go home with ‘Giant Eagle’ trophy Nigerian diaspora donates trumpets to NFSC OECD and AfDB strengthen the fight against corruption and the fight against corruption in companies Egbe-Idimu community unveils N250m trust fund 67,500 pregnant women will receive nutritional supplements in Kaduna The FG will sanction those who violate the rules on expatriate quotas – Minister Lagos inaugurates a 5-year agricultural roadmap Traditional leader urges Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccine The FG appoints the boards of directors, the heads of certain educational agencies WHO and the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen access to health care in French-speaking countries The Minister ensures the implementation of the law on the FCT public service commission #ImagineCircularity: The circular transformation will not be broadcast live Nigeria can host African Games with facilities in Benin – Dalung Ramadan: Osinbajo preaches love, kindness, generosity UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya discusses UN-African Union cooperation in support of Libya with AU Commissioners in Addis Ababa Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Canada-Africa Chamber of Commerce Announce Major Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) FEC Approves N532m for UI Library Extension Over 1.2 million children not yet vaccinated in Nigeria – UNICEF Sweden invests heavily in global access to vaccines in fight against COVID-19 pandemic School exclusion in Madagascar during COVID-19 FG refutes Obaseki’s claims about the state of the economy Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (April 13, 2021)