Breaking: ATBU invents ventilator for coronavirus patients in Bauchi

A medical worker wearing a protective mask and suit and a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona, Italy March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

As part of efforts to bring succour to coronavirus patients and doctors in Bauchi state, the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi has invented a prototype of ventilator.

A team of professionals who comprises of technologists and engineers of the school made the innovation also fabricated an aerosol box that can be used to protect Medical Doctors and other medical personnel treating a patient with the virus from being infected by placing the box to cover the heads, mouths and noses of the affected persons.

Vice chancellor of the university, Professor Muhammad Abdulazeez while conducting journalists round to inspect the invented items said they also created  an automatic spraying machine that can effectively spray anyone going in and coming out of a room considering that one of the ways of getting infected is touching an object earlier touched by an infected person.

Abdulazeez explained that the efforts were in line with the objectives of the University as a centre of research and invention which it has excelled in over the years.

“Considering the high cost of procuring ventilators and other equipment needed for the treatment of COVID-19, Lassa fever and other infectious diseases, the University decided to go into deep research and at the end was able to come out prototypes of the machines.

” Lack of funds is the major impediment to the mass production of the machines, so I am calling on government at all levels to as a matter of urgency contact the Mechatronics Engineering Department of the University for mass production of the machines at a moderate cost because we are not in this to make profit but to contribute to the fight against infectious diseases particularly COVID-19 and Lassa fever” he stated.

Muhammad Abdulazeez commended the team that worked day and night to ensure the production of the machines saying, that despite the ASUU strike and other challenges, the team came out to ensure that the university had this achievement, adding that they have demonstrated that they have the people at heart.

The VC then expressed confidence that the machines created by the University can stand the test of time and compete with any other one from anywhere because according to him the team are qualified professionals who have been tested and certification.

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