While many people are of the opinion that age is a limitation for innovation Mukkaram Fattah, a 13-year-old student from Jaffarabad area entirely defies this. He won the Gold medal for creating a mosquito repellent from the peels of oranges in the Junior category of Global Climate Change Olympiad which was held in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2018.
Mukkaram knew that the peel of the orange is used by many people to keep the mosquitoes and many other insects away and was curious about its role as a repellent.
He worked on his idea by drying the peels and turning them into a mosquito coil which he burned in his hostel room to see whether his hypothesis was correct or not.
It turns out that no mosquito showed up in his room and the successful experiment gave way to creating a mosquito repellent lotion and a room spray, both from orange peels- which also worked without a hiccup.
One of the best thing about this project is that there are no side effects of using this product as it is prepared from organic materials while they also found out that the spray was far more effective than the coil as its smoke may cause problems for the environment.
The school going kid has proven that Balochistan is not just a barren land having minerals but also land with immense talent. Although we encounter fewer people from the province showcasing ability and skills to create or invent, if proper facilities are provided to them by the government, they can do wonders.