Dr. Jeffery Deal, Director of Health Impact Studies at Water Missions International, departed today from Charleston, S.C. en route to the Republic of Liberia in response to a request from the office of the President of Liberia for assistance in fighting the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Deal invented a device called TRU-D Smart UVC™ that delivers a lethal dose of UV-C light to disinfect health care environments. When he arrives in Liberia he will assemble two of these devices and instruct health care workers at JRK Hospital and ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia on how to use them. The CDC stresses that diligent environmental disinfection and safe handling of potentially contaminated materials is paramount in settings where patients with the Ebola virus have been.
“We developed TRU-D SmartUVC™ technology to combat the devastating effects of hospital acquired infections,” Dr. Deal said. “Unlike many diseases, Ebola strikes hospital workers more than any other group, making it the ultimate hospital acquired infection.”
Dr. Deal will spend approximately two weeks in Liberia working with hospital staff to operate the devices and ensure that they are successfully disinfecting the hospital rooms. The devices will then remain in the area to be deployed as needed in the Republic of Liberia.
The TRU-D SmartUVC™ technology is turned on using a remote control. Once activated, it delivers a lethal dose of UV-C light from a central location in the room. The UV light energy modifies the DNA structure of viral pathogens, like Ebola, so that they cannot reproduce.
“The beauty of the TRU-D SmartUVC™ is that it is such a sophisticated device that can calculate variables associated with any room,” said Dr. Deal, “but it is also incredible easy to use and even talks the user through the activation steps to ensure that there is no room for error.”
We ask for your prayers for Dr. Deal while he is in Liberia, as well as for those affected by the outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa.