KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Despite his young age, Student Ala’addin Mastoor has managed to develop a medical device that can diagnose five diseases in a matter of three minutes, among another 23 inventions.
The medical device has qualified Mastoor to win the UNSECO nomination for the Africa Week, which includes a kaleidoscope of cultural, scientific, artistic and epicurean events in honor of Africa Day (25 May), when the Organization of African Unity (OAU), today the African Union (AU), was founded in 1963.
Mastoor, who is a 4th grader at the Faculty of Medicine of the Alfashir University (Darfur), told Sudanow his medical device can also determine the severity of the infection with either of these five diseases and can be used at home in outlying areas and in hospital laboratories. The device, for which student Mastoor has previously obtained a patent as well as an accuracy test, can operate by solar energy.
The student told Sudanow he already has 23 other inventions in different medical, engineering and pharmaceutical researching and cell phone applications’ spheres. He also has an unprecedented device for typhoid testing that showed good results upon experimentation. He has also devised a set to diagnose pancreas cancer and a device that uses nanotechnology in the treatment of vein diseases by moving secondary particles in the blood “which is one of the World’s biggest scientific challenges.”
About himself, student Mastoor said he was born in the City of Alfashir (Darfur) in 1994 and completed his primary education there until when he joined the Alfashir University.
For him genius had started at home when as a young kid he started with disassembling and assembling electronic appliances (tape recorders, TV sets, Remote control sets and watches). His aim here was to learn how these sets function and how they can be repaired.
He said his father had used to buy him two watches every month for him to disassemble and assemble in order to learn.
Mastoor had used to divide his school leave between working on these electronics and playing with his peers.
After acquiring a good knowledge about the inner parts of those sets, he started to repair them. His uncle (his mother’s brother) Abdalla Musa had helped him a good deal in this and raised his self-esteem.
About the device that propelled him to the UNESCO event, Mastoor said it so happened during a physics lesson when he was a third grader at the secondary school that he wondered why couldn’t there be a device that checks for more than one disease at one time and that can be used at home using solar energy? As he did always, he recorded this thought for future thinking and book and internet researching. He used to write these thoughts in his private cell phone. In this he said he does not write many phone numbers in his phone, leaving a bigger space in his phone memory for recording his scientific thoughts.
In 2013 Mastoor joined the Faculty of Medicine when, due to a congested curriculum, he shelved his invention activity to get time for his studies. But in 2017 and because the University studies were suspended for a whole year during which he was recruited by an NGO, he found enough time for researching whereby he looked into the internet and rechecked his previous thoughts. It was by mere chance that he came across a competition for which he applied among over 1000 contenders from around the World. He was shortlisted for the contest, a matter that increased his passion for contests and inventions. He came to Khartoum where he made a rudimentary design for his multi-purpose medical device. Then later on he advanced the device and tried it in a number of clinics and registered it with the national intellectual property agency.
Then he participated with the set in the “My Project” contest, organized by the British Council here, scoring the second place in addition to a financial prize of 2000 Sudanese pounds and a free air ticket to the UK.
Then he took part in the ‘Science Stars’ contest, the biggest inventions contest in the Middle East in which more than 30000 contenders took part. The contest was organized in Lebanon. He was named among the first top 100 inventors, ranking the second. It was after this contest that Mastoor was named to represent Africa in the UNSECO African week in Paris.
Mastoor had earlier won the bronze medal in the Moscow International Salon of Inventions and Innovation Technologies “Archimedes”, for his multi-purpose device.
Mastoor is also a story writer. This has earned him the 2nd position in the short story competition organized by the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur that monitors peace in Darfur. The touching story had themed violence against women and female genital mutilation. The story was put on display in the UN diary in New York, he said.
But Mastoor is uneasy about always ranking second in contests he takes part in. “It seems I am haunted by the second place ghost,” he laughs, adding that he was determined to excel “ and put Sudan in the first position the next time, God willing.”
He advised the country’s youths not to hesitate and have confidence in themselves. “The Sudanese individual is creative by nature and for Sudanese youngsters to succeed and become international, they should have confidence in and depend on themselves and should know that there is nothing which is impossible,” he said.
“The inventor and the creator should not despair and should understand that for every problem there is a solution,” he said.
He argues that there is nothing which is impossible and that the youths should not always understand that one plus one equals two “because 100 minus 98 also equals two.”
“The youths should also be aware that the simplest of inventions is the needle, which is also the greatest of inventions,’ he further argued.
He said he was confident that “we can hit the doors of internationalism by these young men and women who stunned the World by their revolution that brought down a regime that continued for thirty years during which it led the country into backwardness. These youths who have sacrificed their souls and their blood are capable of building a new progressive Sudan that can catch up with advanced nations,” he maintained.
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