NIMR and TAAA donate Covid-19 hand washing gear to PWDs in Dar

23May 2020
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
NIMR and TAAA donate Covid-19 hand washing gear to PWDs in Dar

​​​​​​​THE National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in collaboration with Tanzania Australia Alumni Association (TAAA) have donated hand washing equipment worth 7.9m/- to people with disabilities in Dar es Salaam.

NIMR Director General, Prof Yunus Mgaya said on Thursday that the equipment meant to facilitate hand washing as part of prevention measures against Covid-19 was handed over to Ilala Deputy Mayor Omary Kumbilamoto.

The donated equipment includes four hand washing machines, 50 litres of liquid soap and 20 litres of sanitisers.

Mgaya explained that three of the hand washing machines are foot-operated hand one automatic hand washing machine. He said the machines have been designed and manufactured by the University of Dar es Salaam with the support from the Australian government.

“We have come together to show our support to people with disabilities, it is our hope that people with disabilities will protect themselves from contracting the disease by frequently washing hands with soap and running water,” he said.

He said the university decided to come up with special hand washing machines for the disabled after realising many challenges they were facing.

The sensor hand washing machines will facilitate hand wash to the group as well as protect them from Covid-19, he said.

He called upon other institutions, individuals and private companies to support vulnerable groups with various Coronavirus protective gears.

Kumbilamoto commended NIMR and TAAA for donating the machines for people with disabilities. He said the equipment will help control spreading of the disease amongst them.

He further said that the donated equipment will be placed at the busiest markets including Machinga Complex at the Karume market and Ferry fish market at Kivukoni area.

“May I request users to wisely use the equipment due to its importance in the fight against Covid-19,” said the deputy mayor.

Chairman of Dar es Salaam region Bajaj riders association expressed thanks to NIMR and TAAA for the support calling upon other institutions to emulate the spirit.