Jamaica News: A Jamaican student has been recognized by Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, when she highlighted his invention and the positive contribution it might have on humanity during this crisis.
His story started five years ago when Jamaica was rocked by the so-called ‘dead baby saga’ brought on by the death of more than 20 newborns in hospitals due to the presence of a deadly bacteria, a then 20-year old Rayvon Stewart sprang into action.
The youngster, who hails from the rural district of Prospect in Portland, developed a piece of technology called XERMOSOL, which has proven critical in fighting the lethal bacteria, klebsiella, that was identified in the hospitals.
The innovation uses ultraviolet light to target and specifically kill harmful microorganisms and it was found to kill more than 99.9 per cent of deadly pathogens.
“It can be placed on any doorknob, it sanitises itself, leaving the surface clean for the other person who touches. So when you touch the doorknob, your hand is being placed directly on the device,” Stewart, a final year computer science student at the University of Technology stated.
XERMOSOL has been useful in fighting organisms such as MRSA, E-coli and the influenza virus, H1N1.
Fast-forward to 2020 and the world is reeling from the effects of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19, which has claimed more than 42,100 lives around the world, infected in excess of 857,000 persons, and brought economies to their knees.
The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus and spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets land on surfaces and are normally picked up by persons and transferred to places such as countertops and doorknobs.
News Reporter: Marc Lodge