Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — In the continuing battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a team of Filipino expatriate engineers and teachers in Amhara Region in north-central Ethiopia innovated a disinfection cabin for exposed clothing and skin that may be COVID-19 -contaminated.
Installed at the main entrance of in Wollo University-Kombolcha Institute of Technology (WU-KIOT), the cabin uses four misting devices that aim for whole-body coverage, and a disinfectant mist combined with liquid disinfectant and pressurized air. To use, a person enters the cabin, turns around for a few seconds to ensure complete body disinfection, and exits the other side of the disinfection cabin.
The Filipino innovators are Engr. Alain Vincent M. Comendador, Engr. Eunelfa Regie F. Calibara, Engr. Jolan B. Sy and Engr. Marlon G. Rojo. The Disinfection Cabin was inspired by Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT)’s CabinIITZ.
The Wollo Provincial Office of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health will later inspect the Filipino-innovated Disinfection Cabin and the disinfectant formulation. WU-KIOT endeavors to get the disinfection cabin accredited by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.