Covid-19: Indonesia produces cheap ventilators to wage war against coronavirus

Covid-19: Indonesia produces cheap ventilators to wage war against coronavirus

- An Indonesian team of 40 engineers has come up with relatively cheap ventilators made from household items like cups

- The engineers could produce 500 of the equipment weekly as they work with the country-owned aircraft manufacturing company, Dirgantara Indonesia

- Once the ventilators pass clinical tests, they would go a long way in solving the scarcity of the same in Indonesia

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A team of Indonesian engineers is not leaving any stone unturned as they were able to create an affordable ventilator in two months, hoping it would go a long way in winning the war against coronavirus.

The country is facing a shortage of equipment like many nations of the world are as cases of the pandemic rise, Reuters reports.

The ventilator was made with local household materials such as plastic drinking cups. The team leader of the 40 engineers from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Syarif Hidayat, confirmed so.

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The institute is working on selling the ventilators for $1000 (N366,850), which according to Syarif will be less than the usual $20,000 (N7,337,000) to $25,000 (N9,171,250) of the device.

The machine is made from materials sourced locally and not as complex as the usual ventilators. Photo source: Reuters

The machine is made from materials sourced locally and not as complex as the usual ventilators. Photo source: Reuters
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He also spoke about how the ventilator is simply built to be different from the ones seen in the intensive care unit.

It should be noted that the country cases of infection have passed 12,000 as it rations 8,413 ventilators in 2,867 hospitals.

The team of engineers will be working with the state-owned aircraft manufacturer, Dirgantara Indonesia, to produce 500 of the ventilators every week.

Another thing worthy of note is that the ventilators are yet to get a license that will allow its mass production until they have passed final clinical tests.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Jerry Mallo, the Nigerian man who created the first carbon fibre sports car in 2019, built a state-of-the-art ventilator as a solution to the scarcity of the equipment in the country.

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It should be noted that the machine is still undergoing some technical upgrades so as to meet the world's standard on production.

When showcasing the machine, the creator said building it is necessary as there is a strong need for a kind of ventilator that is accessible and cheap.

He said that African countries have been facing the serious need to get one that is affordable in order to powerfully combat the pandemic.

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