BURKINA FASO: Young entrepreneur manufactures solar-powered body disinfector

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BURKINA FASO: Young entrepreneur manufactures solar-powered body disinfector©Mahomed Billa

In Burkina Faso, the Covid-19 prompted Mahomed Billa, a young entrepreneur, to manufacture an automatic body disinfector to help the government control the spread of the disease. The device is powered mainly by solar energy.

In Burkina Faso, the coronavirus pandemic, a contagious and potentially fatal disease mainly for certain at-risk populations, continues to rage as in the rest of the world. According to the latest assessment by the Burkinabe government, the disease has already claimed 28 lives out of 515 people who tested positive for Covid-19. Among the confirmed cases are 170 recoveries. This is certainly a step forward, but according to the country’s authorities, much remains to be done to definitively eradicate Covid-19 in Burkina Faso.

It is in this context that Mahomed Billa, a young entrepreneur from Burkina Faso, decided to set up an automatic body disinfection system powered mainly by solar energy. This individual initiative complements the range of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Burkina Faso. “I made this device to relieve the burden on the health system. I used my knowledge of electronics, mechanics, welding and carpentry to make it,” says Mahomed Billa, the designer of the automatic body disinfector.

How does the automatic body disinfector work?

Mahomed Billa’s automatic body disinfection system is designed for use in hospitals, schools, department stores, etc.  It is equipped with a sun sensor and an automatic disinfectant dispenser. “When a person stands one meter away from the device, the system is activated and prepared internally. When the person enters, the spray system automatically turns on and sprays the person completely. Even if the person enters on his or her back, the person’s face, head, hands and feet are also taken into account. It only takes five seconds to be completely disinfected,” says Mahomed Billa.

According to the young entrepreneur, it is possible for every inhabitant to afford the body disinfector for personal use.

Inès Magoum

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