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ABSU develops GPRS tracking device, live COVID-19 risk map

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By SAB OSUJI

The Abia State University, Uturu, Center for Epidemiology and Climate Research, says it has developed a Geographical Tracking Device and Live COVID-19 Risk Map for Abia State and Nigeria. The devices, according to the institution, would assist in monitoring the movement of Corona Virus in Abia, South East Nigeria and the country in general.

The devices, the school further said, would assist planners in checking any impending threat by the disease in the state and the country.

This heart warming development comes on the heels of the production of ‘ABSU hand sanitizers and nose masks’ in commercial quantity that meets the World Health Organization, WHO, and International Standards.

The school embarked on its research and mass production since the spread of Covid-19 to Nigeria.

Authorities of the Centre explained that this scientific breakthrough would also assist in tracking real-time surveillance of emerging Public Health threats by COVID-19 in Abia State and Nigeria. “It also offers near-real-time Geo-located updates from these sources to better understand the progression of the Pandemic,” the center in a statement issued by the Deputy Registrar, Public Relations and Protocol, of the University, Mr Acho Elendu.

“This is yet another monumental achievement of the inspirational and excellence-driven administration of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Uche Ikonne”.

The statement further added that these feats were also made possible by the “capacity building and quality leadership of the Governor and Visitor to the University, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, who had challenged the University to make industry of her research activities”.

The devices, being scientific breakthroughs by top brass of the Centre for Epidiomology and Climate Research of ABSU is led by the Head of Department, Geography and Planning, Dr. Felix Ike.

Others include Geographical tracking and mapping of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Live Risk Map for COVID-19 in Nigeria; Live COVID-19 Risk Map for Abia State and Development of COVID-19 Early Warning System (EWS) for Aba and Umuahia, Abia State.

The Centre has also developed COVID-19 Hotspots Map at all borders/entry points in Abia State, using the Delta-T Automatic Weather Station situated in the university which was imported from Cambridge, United Kingdom, which is one of its kind in West Africa.

The Centre has equally developed a Geographical Information System / Remote Sensing Laboratory.

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