South Africa: University of Johannesburg's New Mobile Laboratory-On-Wheels Targets Disaster Areas


With floods such as those in KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique and Zimbabwe recently, clean water sources can become contaminated with bacteria that can cause diseases. Finding samples of this potentially contaminated water at the source, then driving back to a laboratory can be time-consuming when urgency is required. UJ's Health Science faculty has come up with a solution to make the process a bit more simple: A mobile laboratory.

The University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Health Science Faculty launched a mobile laboratory on Tuesday, 14 March - a laboratory on wheels that has been described as a shell that can be customised to suit the needs of the team using it, wherever they need to be.

Those involved in seeing what was merely a dream become a reality are engulfed by a plethora of emotions.

"There is a mixture of emotions, but we feel accomplished that this is finally done and extremely happy to finally be in a position to share our dream and product with everyone," said Professor Tobias Barnard, director of the Water and Health Research Centre at UJ, who headed the project.

The institution said the motivation for the project had been the need for urgency when examining water potentially...

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