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UMK OPENS INNOVATIVE SUGGESTIONS IN FIGHTING COVID-19

Kota Bharu 12 April I In an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) has opened its doors to its citizens from all levels of management to come forward with any new products that the Frontliners could use. This opportunity also opens up to existing product innovations that are not only aimed at improving the quality of the product but also furthering the creativity element among the UMK people.

The Centre for Research and Innovation Management (RMIC) leading the development of this innovative idea welcomes any suggestions to be made to the university in developing the best mechanism to support the current needs of Frontliners personnel in responding to COVID-19 transmission.

UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail said UMK has developed five products made by its citizens including design and technology as well as technical expertise.

He said UMK had worked with the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to assist health workers and security agencies.

"This is UMK's on-going commitment to establishing shared expertise of the university, including all staff and students to come up with any new ideas and innovations that will benefit in flattening the COVID -19 virus transmission chain," he said.
Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi said that with this initiative, UMK with the cooperation of the Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage (FTKW) and the Office of Library and Science Management have produced 818 3D Face Shield Visor and Self-Defense Equipment (PPE) including head coverings (5220 units), feet coverings (540 units) and isolation gowns (1046 units) have been distributed to several agencies for frontliners use.

He said that in addressing the scarcity of hand sanitizer supplies in the local market, UMK has successfully produced this product with the expertise of researchers in the Faculty of Bio-Engineering and Technology (FBKT) and Faculty of Earth Sciences (FSB).

"To date, a total of 1816 units have been distributed to over 10 agencies across Kelantan," he said.

At the same time, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi said UMK has also developed an application called 'Smart Tracking' that serves as a communication and monitoring tool for COVID-19 infections among staff and students.

“The invention was created by the Computer and Information Centre (CCI) to track the location of employees and students based on GPS coordinates and health status according to the COVID-19 epidemic chain (category A-E) during the period of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in force.

“In addition, the Movement Control (MCO) Order has extended for another two weeks, until April 28, 2020. UMK through the Vice Chancellor's Office (Academic and International) has coordinated teaching schedule and virtual teaching or e-Learning to facilitate all the students,” he said.

In this regard, all UMK citizens are invited to submit a thoughtful and fast-moving proposal that can be implemented quickly and quickly.

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