CUT to help curb spread of Covid-19

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The CUT’s post-graduate students and academics in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, have produced sanitisers and masks in CUT’s laboratories.

The Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, together with members of the Executive Council (EXCO) visited the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein, where they assessed the progress the university has made in the production of essential medical equipment, in response to government’s call for support in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The CUT’s post-graduate students and academics in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, have produced sanitisers in CUT’s laboratories, which will be donated to government for distribution to identified areas such as hospices, clinics and hospitals. The CUT has also set aside R 1 million as a seed fund to initiate efforts and garner the support from businesses and industries for the production of medical devices that are greatly needed by communities.

These devices include 3D non-invasive ventilation printing masks for use by Covid-19 patients, as well as much-needed hospital equipment such as oxygen connectors and splitters, to increase the capacity of hospitals.

The Vice-Chancellor of the CUT, Prof. Henk De Jager, told members at the media briefing, that the CUT realised even before the lockdown that the pandemic is a major national crisis and decided to mobilise their expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to support local government. “The aim is not to make profit but rather to help ordinary citizens as well as national and local government.”

The MEC of Health, Montseng Ts’Iu, said that the effort made by the CUT is so encouraging, because now government can get help with equipment and sanitiser made by the students at CUT.

Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, said that they have appointed 2 000- 3000 health workers in the Free State who are doing an amazing job with the door-to-door screening. “I don’t know how to thank you, CUT. We are so lucky to have your support and together we will come out stronger at the end.”

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za