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Varsity students aim to save Nigerians from asthma

31 July 2015, 13:13Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Nigeria's participants in the Microsoft Imagine Cup are confident their quest to eliminate asthma in the country would help them bring the accolade home from the United States.

In what is said to be the world’s premier technology competition, the team is comprised of four students from the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) - Adeyemo Oluwaseun, Kevin Ahwin, Sobola David and Raymond Obinaju.

They are currently flying the Nigerian flag in the competition and are poised to advance to the next phase of the challenge.

The competition provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and integrated solutions that can change the way people live, work and play.

Speaking after their presentation in Seattle, Washington, Communications Lead at Microsoft Nigeria, Yemi Orimolade, noted with optimism that the team’s session was apt, informative, educative and mind blowing.

 “I think their solution is definitely a contender for the converted title,” said Orimolade.

He maintained the team’s presentation was captivating, instructive and gave a step-by-step procedure to solve asthmatic issues especially in Nigeria.

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Spokesperson of Team LifeWatch, Obinaju, expressed optimism.

“We are really optimistic about this. And the judge’s comments seem to be really promising. With AsthmaVisor, Team LifeWatch seeks to save an estimated 25 million people living with asthma in Nigeria, and about 334 million people globally. So I think we have a good case,” Obinajusaid.

He said the solution would reduce the morbidity rate of asthma, and consequently reduce the death toll due to asthma by providing adequate environmental and physiological supervision for patients.

Nigeria, China, South Korea, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Cyprus, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Romania Taiwan, are among other countries currently participating in the global showcase in Washington. 

- CAJ News

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