UNZA student develops body spray that prevents asthmatic attacks

A UNIVERSITY of Zambia student has developed a prototype of a body spray which can be used as well as prevent attacks on asthmatic and hypertensive patients.

Florence Mulenga, a fourth-year Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy student, said the concept behind the project was based on the fact that most asthmatic patients were allergic to perfumes and body spray, hence the need to develop a tailor-made body spray which would also act as medicinal to the patients.

Mulenga, 20 said during her research, she also discovered that the ingredients used to make the spray had properties which can help to lower blood pressure, hence, extending the study to hypertension.

She said the prototype which has been developed so far was specifically for asthmatic patients, therefore, expertise would be required to help research more on how the spray can be useful on hypertensive patients.

“The ingredients being used in developing the spray were also found to be muscle dilator, meaning the product can dilate the blood vessels, hence, lowering the blood pressure,” she said according to communications officer Habeenzu Mulunda.

She said many people were already requesting for the product.

Mulenga however said the product still needed further research before it can be put on the market.

During her research, Mulenga was supported by WECREATE ZAMBIA, Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio), HIVOS and other companies.

She appealed to the research institutions, donors and well-wishers to support the project to make it a complete package that is safe and effective for public use.

Recently, Mulenga participated in a nationwide biosciences competition called “FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme” and her project emerged as the best-student start-up, which earned her sponsorship to represent Zambia at the African Women Innovation and Empowerment Forum (AWIEF) in South Africa.

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