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Up and running Installed Automated Sanitizer (AWIS) at the main entrance of MoHE.

The Copperbelt University (CBU) has installed an automated sanitizer device referred to as “A Walk in Sanitizer” (AWIS) which is a Full Body Walk Through Sanitizer at the Ministry of Higher Education, Maxwell House. AWIS is a brainchild of the institution of higher learning (CBU) invented to combat the COVID – 19 pandemic.

This is in response to the call by HE President Edgar C. Lungu during his COVID address to the nation making emphasis on the new normal alongside adhering to health guidelines and solutions to combat the scourge.

Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame commended the Copperbelt University (CBU) for inventing the ‘A Walk in Sanitizer’ System Device (AWIS).

PS Kayula Siame conferring with CBU Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Nyirenda (holding red dairy) whilst Ministry officials listen during the handover of the AWIS, in Lusaka.

“As a Ministry we are happy for what you have demonstrated as a university showing the relevance of an institution of higher learning responding to existing challenges with appropriate measures undertaken through robust research activities amidst the COVID, but importantly adhering to health guidelines so that work continues. I also wish to encourage other Institutions to do the same.” Said Mrs. Kayula Siame.

PS Kayula encouraged CBU management and the team to market the products and venture into partnerships that in reciprocal plough back into the economy. PS Kayula was speaking today (01-06-20) when the Copperbelt University Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Kawangu Nyirenda and a team of researchers officially handed over the Sanitizer facility.

In addition, Copperbelt University Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Kawangu Nyirenda said the automated sanitizer machine would play an important role with an essence to protect Nationals by preventing and reducing risks of contracting COVID – 19 virus but also other bacteria. The AWIS instantly disinfects the whole body as one makes their way through its frame. “The Walk in Sanitizer automatically sprays the whole body of a person inclusive of their garments that may have virus droplets on”. He said.

PS Kayula Siame displays the CBU – homemade sanitizer and soap, flanked by Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Nyirenda, Ministry Directors Christine Mushanga, Charles Mulenga and Allan Mvula at MoHE.


AWIS comes with an advantage of instant sterilising of the whole subject making entry through its frame hence supplementing hand wash and hand sanitising preventive measures.
Dr. Nyirenda said the AWIS poses no side effects. The Copperbelt University schools of Mines, Engineering and Mathematics department invented The Sanitizer devise.
Furthermore, Professor John Siame added that during their research activities the sanitizer liquid and soap undergoes through intensive testing with repeated trials on bacteria to check how much level of concentration kills the microorganisms.
The Copperbelt University is in a discussion with NAPSA for possible investments of the AWIS.
Certainly, research and innovations of such caliber will lower risks and dangers of the pandemic whilst the fight continues on a new normal page. The University intended to install the AWIS at the Ministry of General Education, the Supreme and High Courts of Zambia, and Nakonde border in Muchinga Province.

A Courtesy call by the CBU team on Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame at her office in Lusaka.

The Ministry of Higher Education is proactive and looking forward to supporting CBU with such interventions and other institutions coming on board with innovative ideas towards not only curbing the COVID – 19 but also enhancing the knowledge base and the fiscal economy.






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