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Egerton University scientist develops a COVID-19 sample collection booth

Egerton University scientist Dr. George Owino has developed a COVID-19 sample collection booth that will allow people to get tested without having to come into direct contact with medical professionals.

The sample collection booth was donated to Nakuru Level Five Hospital on Friday, 15 May 2020 in readiness for mass testing in Nakuru County. Among those present during the donation was the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rose A. Mwonya and Head of Clinical Services at the hospital, Dr. Joseph Keryo.

The booth made of acrylic (a type of transparent plastic) and embedded sealed rubber gauntlet gloves will allow medical professionals to collect nasal and throat samples contact-free thus minimizing interactions with potential COVID-19 patients. It is easily cleaned and sanitized between each medical use and will eliminate use of the costly single-use personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

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