Meet The Nigerian Corps Member Who Invents A Solar-powered Vaccine Cooler
Man’s world can be best described as a system that comprises of several episodes of problems and challenges and technology has always proven to supply cutting-edged solutions to aid the smooth running of lives and activities, thereby making life and living more suitable and interesting.
A brilliant project was carried out by Aderogba Timothy Ayooluwa, KB/18C/0814 who served with the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State. As a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, he stated that he had his option in Energy Technology, and some years of experience in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning). This cumulated to spurring him towards undergoing the project after he discovered the dire need in the community he was posted to serve.
According to Timothy, the National Programme on Immunisation (NPI), Birnin Kebbi Office had been trying their very best in meeting up with the Immunization needs of the community. They are however often limited in their reach; as these vaccines easily lose some potency before the immunization exercise is fully covered due to temperature. He discovered this problem when he was assigned by his Group Community Development Service (Editorial CDS) to cover the Health news bit during the immunization exercise held in February 2019.
Timothy came to the realization that there is the need to have a system to keep the vaccines at the desired cold temperature over a longer period of time; and this led him to start the project.
The Vaccine Cooler he named “TimseVac” would be useful for the purpose of vaccination outreach; especially to local and remote areas.
The Project was tested at the National program on Immuization Birnin Kebbi Office on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019; and it was officially commissioned on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at the State Secretariat Conference Hall, Gwadangaji, Birnin-Kebbi. Dignitaries, including representative of the NYSC Zonal Inspector and Local Inspector, were present at the occasion.