Making space

11 December 2006

Graduating students Sibu Dlova, Bianca Dolly, Taru Madangombe and Heskin Mzungu show the results of their electrical engineering design course are not limited to marks. Their "spacer-maker" quickly and easily makes a hole, the exact size of an asthma inhaler's nozzle, in a plastic bottle. The bottle-spacer, proposed by the UWC Pharmacy School, makes it easier for young asthma patients to inhale their medication. Thanks to the UCT students' spacer-maker, the bottle-spacer costs much less than a commercially available spacer because the operating costs of the spacer-maker are just half a cent per bottle. The students will donate 20 to hospital pharmacists in the Eastern and Western Cape.

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