Thursday, June 20, 2019
Ugandans Invent a New Life Jacket To Reduce Water Accident Deaths

Environmentalists in Kasese have invented a new technology using empty plastic waste and second-hand clothes to make life jackets used in preventing water accidents.

The new innovation tested at Kiwa Heritage Fish Pond will be rolled to other lakes in the region with the aim of saving sailors and fishermen from water accidents.

According to the innovation team leader Walyuba Kule Sylvester, the locally made life jacket enables you to float on water in case of an accident and it is cheap to afford compared to the imported life jackets.

Walyuba says that the spirit behind the new invention is to reduce water accidents in Uganda using a cost-effective approach.

The life jacket made out of plastic bottles and tailored clothes is the first of its kind in the whole region.

Walyuba also adds that innovation is saving the environment against being polluted by plastic bottles as well as putting them into use.

He says that they are aware of the regulatory systems in Uganda and quickly disclosed to work with Uganda National Bureau of Standards to have the life jackets approved.

Kasese district is endowed with natural resources such as water boards in abundance and these include Lake George, Lake Edward and with a good number of fishing sites and Villages/communities in Western Uganda.

Kiwa Heritage is a nature and cultural conservation Centre, with hot springs for warm bathing. Another interesting bit of this nature and cultural conservation Centre include; A riverside beach next Nyamwamba river, a volley-ball pitch and a big fish pond at the site.


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