Mangochi CTC Develops Modern Solar Powered Hand Sanitizing Facility
As the country continues to feel the pinch of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mangochi Community Technical College (MCTC) has come up with an improved version of a hand sanitizing facility.
The movable facility which was officially launched on Tuesday by Minister of Labour, Ken Kandodo, has user friendly features for persons with disability and automatic water taps and hand driers, giving it a total uniqueness to other facilities where users have to touch when using them.
Speaking after the official launch of the facility which the college has developed with financial support from Prime Insurance Company, Kandodo, commended the College for the innovation saying with the impact of Covid-19, the country needs innovations more than ever.
“We need new ideas, better quality products, improving services, creating dynamic products and building a product range,” Said the labor minister who sounded worried that the country has been importing almost everything.
He also encouraged all institutions of higher learning and technical colleges to invest in research and to accelerate innovations to develop the country.
“Let me thank Prime Insurance Company Limited, all other individuals who provided technical and financial support to the college to invest in this innovation and the college for being proactive,” said Kandodo.
TEVETA Executive Director, Wilson Makulumiza-Nkhoma, said technical colleges should always solve everyday problems by innovations and what the college has done is commendable.
Makulumiza-Nkhoma said that “when we are talking about Innovation, we are only encouraging people to think outside the box. Currently, if you go to these colleges you find that they are making a chair simply because they saw somebody who made this chair, it’s just copying.”
Prime Insurance Chief Executive Officer, Owen Chihana, said when approached by the college, they did not hesitate looking at its core objective.
“Prime is not new in donations, and when we got this one, that they need to invent something, we were much interested because we know that innovation is good and the purpose was not to consume,” said Chihana who has challenged the college to come forward with other proposals for possible funding.
Chairperson of Mangochi Community College Board, Gift Chimbalanga, said the facility which is the second from the college, after developing the first one last year, apart from issues of covid-19, is also a step ahead in proving that the institution is capable of doing things.
“This thing is 100 percent made in Mangochi, but it has the capacity to outstand any situation anywhere in the country,” said Chimbalanga who said some technical know-how were provided by Malawi University of Science and Technology and Malawi Polytechnic.