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Matibabu: A New Device In The Fight Against Malaria by casmir66(m): 10:53am On Aug 23, 2018
It is no news that malaria kills thousands of people in Africa alone every year. Problems faced in the fight against malaria include not only medication, access to immediate treatment or extermination of mosquitoes, but also quick detection and diagnosis.

26-year-old Brian Gitta from Uganda has developed a device called Matibabu meaning “treatment” in Swahili. This device was developed in collaboration with other graduates with skills in engineering, computer sciences and infectious diseases.

This device is noninvasive and can detect malaria quickly without drawing blood from the patient. The inspiration for creating this device came after Gitta suffered bouts of malaria. While at the hospital for treatment, he imagined a way malaria could be diagnosed with little time and without the invasive use of needles.

According to the BBC, the machine uses magnets and a custom-made device called a matiscope which shines a red beam of light on the user’s finger, detecting a substance called haemozoin crystals, the byproduct of the malaria parasite.

Read more:https://thesprintnewsngr./2018/08/matibabu-new-device-in-fight-against.html

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