COVID-19: Talent Nigerian team produces prototype ventilator

COVID-19: Talent Nigerian team produces prototype ventilator

- A team of Nigerian engineers has produced a prototype ventilator to help treat Covid-19 patients

- The head of the team, Tunde Okoya, said that they could produce 300 of the machine weekly

- Okoya added that they are happy to have made the country proud with their invention

Nigerians are rising up against Covid-19 pandemic in their own various ways. A team of professionals has risen up to the challenge of ventilator scarcity.

According to Vanguard, the team was able to create a prototypical ventilator in a week. The head of the team, Tunde Okoya, the managing director of Lange and Grant Commodities Limited, said it was in their response to the government’s call.

The call was made to challenge local manufacturers to find a lasting solution to the situation of ventilator shortage.

“So we put together a technical committee and the result is what we see today. We studied and captured heat values using our thermo-graphic camera. Values recorded are great and there hasn’t been any thermal runaway,” Okoya spoke about the production process.

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The team said it could produce 300 of the machine every week. Photo source: Vanguard
The team said it could produce 300 of the machine every week. Photo source: Vanguard
Source: UGC

Okoya said the company has always been motivated to save lives and that's what was behind the speed that went into creating the breathing machine.

The MD of the team of engineers said that mass production is the least problem, that once the prototype is okay, they could produce as much as 300 ventilators in a week.

In his final words, he said the team of engineers is glad to make the nation proud with their skill.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that as the world struggles against coronavirus with a short supply of medical supplies, another unnamed talented young Nigerian man took up the task by creating a ventilator.

In a video shared by a Twitter user with the handle @skyman_i2, the Nigerian explains how his invention works.

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He also showed the different components that made it up. Most especially, the inventor pointed out how the machine can be regulated through a switch.

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In the same vein, an Aba tailor, Jacinthia Kakaide, is producing and giving face masks out for free so that the people of Umuatako Community can protect themselves against coronavirus.

In speaking with the media, Kakaide said she started the production when she realised that not many in her community are buoyant enough to buy a face mask. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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