VST Mobility Solution under Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)has set up a BIN-19 at the Government Hospital in Thalayolaparambu, facilitating collection and disinfection of used face-masks amid Covid-19.
Kottayam MP Mr Thomas Chazhikadan inaugurated the device that was developed in June last year by employing IoT (Internet of Things) knowhow from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science Technology at Thiruvananthapuram.
The function was addressed by local Youth Front president Mr Sebastian Mullakara. Kottayam District Panchayat Member Mr Augustin Mailakumchalil, Medical Officer Dr Biju, Mr Joy Cherupushpam and Kerala Congress Thalayolaparambu mandalam president Adv Antony Kalambukadan were among other speakers at the event held 30 km north of this city.
The BIN-19 has been installed amid apprehensions of a third wave of the pandemic. The district panchayat is making its best efforts to counter the spread of the disease under Mr Mullakara.
BIN-19 facilitates dropping of used masks into the chamber and subsequently enables its disinfection. The disinfected masks are then transferred to another container inside the bin. The person who drops the masks can sanitise his or her hands with the help of BIN-19’s automatic sanitiser dispenser. All this can be done without touching or operating any of the switches of the bin.
KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.