Accra Technical University has started the production of 3D face shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as part of support granted to a team of six (6) alumni and student entrepreneurs of the University by the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.
The startup team named Dent Agrisystem is made up of Daniel Taylor, Clement Siaw, and Aaron Osei who are 2019 alumni of the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department. The others, Zeba Ibrahim, Alfred Atidzah and Emmanuel Odoom are third year students of the Purchasing and Supply Department, Computer Science Department, and the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department, respectively.
The production is in response to the global shortage and appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers as a way of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
It would be recalled that President H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo in his series of addresses appealed to entrepreneurs for the local production of PPEs to support the government’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 virus. Following this call, many organisations have ventured into the production and have supported the fight.
Daniel Taylor, team leader of the 3D face shield production, said six (6) persons were selected as part of a contingent of 24 by the UK’s national fellowship of Engineering, to receive support for setting up entrepreneurial outlets for the production of the 3D face shield.
He added that the academy has donated two (2) 3D printing machines and other materials which has aided in the production of over 100 3D face shields in the past two weeks.
Inspecting the 3D face shields, Professor Amevi Acakpovi, commended the team for rising to the occasion to support the production of PPEs and contribute their quota towards fighting the pandemic. He added that the University will continue to offer guidance to students, and support efforts in recognizing their potentials.
Prof. Acakpovi reiterated that the University will continue to abide by all the safety COVID -19 protocols necessary for the protection of life and property. He urged the team to continue to make great strides in projecting the University.