Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) in Kisumu has embarked on mass production of face masks and fabrication of hand washing machines as a contribution towards the fight against COVD-19 pandemic.
The Institution Principal Maren Omondi says as an advanced technology institute, they have the capacity to produce up to 1,000 masks daily.
Omondi says the production unit will also make Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) which will be sold out to county governments in the region.
She says the institution will be reaching out to the community around the school by donating 500 face masks to boda boda riders and traders to ensure they comply with the directive by the government.
“We want to give back to the community, that is why we are on the forefront to give free masks to our traders at Riat junction,” she said.
Speaking to the press at the school, Omondi says locals will also get a donation of two hand washing machines.
She says the school has fabricated hand washing machines that are very hygienic.
Omondi says as an institution they will continue to support the government in its effort to stamp out the pandemic.
RIAT board chairman Prof Peter Odhiambo says they take pride in the fabrication of the hand washing machine to slow down the rate of infection as a result of constant touching of objects.
Odhiambo says the machine is operated through foot handles and minimizes cases of hand pressing.
He says they are popularizing the new system to enable Kenyans to embrace the machine.
Odhiambo says everybody must join hands with the government to combat the spread of the pandemic.
“We have a machine that can produce more masks and in the coming days we will give more if need be,” he said.
Kisumu and Siaya Counties TIVET director Joseph Sunguti says the input of RIAT is commendable.
Sunguti says every county must protect itself from the virus and should not be viewed as a disease for Nairobi and Mombasa counties.
Locals who benefited from free face masks and hand washing machines hailed the initiative as they promised to ensure they heed government directives.
Patrick Otieno, chairman boda boda Riat junction says the donation is a boost to them since most of their members could not afford to buy masks.
“This is a welcomed move, we appreciate the Principal of RIAT for this gesture, she has come to our aid,” he said.