By GPS and KU PRESS
Simon Ndirangu, a student at Kenyatta University from Kiriita Ward in Ndaragwa Sub-County, is not your ordinary scholar.
He has come up with an innovation that uses 3D-printing to produce nasal swabs.
Earlier today, County Executive Committee Member for Youth, Sports and the Arts Hon. Dominic Murani visited the young brain at the University, where he had a sneak peek at what motivated him into this eye-catching innovation.
Ndirangu, who is a fourth-year biotechnology student, explained that the swabs are made using a technology called Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer used in food packaging.
His innovation was largely triggered by a shortage of swabs, which has been a major hindrance in the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With the increasing cases of the virus in the country, my innovation once approved by the Ministry of Health might come in handy for testing a larger group of people compared to what is happening today,” he said.
With only two major producers of swabs in the world, the young innovator intends to produce 1,000 swabs per printer daily at the varsity’s Business Innovation and Incubation Center, at an affordable price of KShs. 100 per swab.
The easy-to-use swabs have a molded breaking point that allows health workers to easily break off the swabs instead of using scissors, which he termed as unsafe.
“These swabs are easier to use than the ones already in use,” added an upbeat Ndirangu.
On behalf of His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia, Hon. Murani congratulated Ndirangu for the timely innovation, terming it a milestone in the fight against Covid-19.
“The County, through His Excellency is keen on tapping such young innovative brains, and is doing everything possible to boost the same,” added Hon. Murani.
Ndirangu, who takes pride in his home county, urged fellow youth to come up with new ideas that will be of benefit to them and the community at large.