UP Chemical Engineering joins fight against COVID-19

hand sanitisers for paediatricians at Steve Boko Academic Hospital

A University of Pretoria chemical engineering student who has started a project to donate hand sanitiser to paediatricians at Steve Biko Academic Hospital has shown how in difficult times such as these, community needs can be addressed by creating team-based solutions enabling those with the capacity to help where they can.

When Jaco-Louis Venter, a fourth-year student at UP’s Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), became aware of the concerns doctors at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital Department of Paediatrics and Child Health were having over the availability of hand sanitiser amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he approached the staff of the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering for help.

“It is so easy to get caught up in your studies that you forget why you chose to prepare for a specific career in the first place. I chose chemical engineering as it creates so many opportunities to contribute to our society. I am very grateful for this opportunity to do something that might actually make a real difference,” Venter said.

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