- UNIBEN said it has produced a clinically-tested ventilator for use against Covid-19 pandemic
- The ventilator, according to a statement by the university, is capable of working for hours without electricity
- The breakthrough came barely a month the federal government pleaded to the founder of Tesla Inc on Twitter for '100-150 ventilators'
As the world strives to find a cure to the Covid-19 pandemic, faculty of Engineering and Medical Sciences of University of Benin (UNIBEN) said it has produced a "clinically tested" ventilator.
The university, in a statement by its public relations officer, Benedicta Ehanire on Tuesday, April 28, said the ventilator has been handed to the health centre to fight coronavirus, The Guardian reports.
Ehanire further added that the ventilator has been presented to the management of UNIBEN led by the varsity's vice-chancellor, Professor Lillian Salami.
“A clinically tested ventilator, produced by a team of researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Medical has been presented to the Management of the University led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lillian Salami,” part of the statement read.
He explained that Professor Kensington Obahiagbon, the leader of the team known as Covid-19 Initiatives, said the ventilator was designed to work for hours without electricity.
"Hence the ventilator was produced to work without electricity for at least one hour. It is designed to function in a dual mould for both adults and children,” Ehanire added.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that federal government, on Thursday, April 2, drew to itself a whirlpool of criticism after taking to the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, to beg the founder of Tesla Inc, an electronic company, for ventilators.
Elon Musk, a South African-American billionaire who is the founder of Tesla, had earlier tweeted on Tuesday, March 31, that there were FDA-approved ventilators to be distributed free to countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding to the tweet, the federal government through the official handle of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning begged Musk for ventilators, adding that the country is in need of about 100-150 of the ventilation-producing devices.
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