Two young engineers have voluntarily repaired two broken ventilators at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
The engineers Mr. Williams Gyang and his friend, Nura Jibril, said they decided to embark on the repairs as part of their social cooperate responsibility, in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Engineer Gyang is a diploma holder from the Plateau state polytechnic, who works with the state radio and television as electrical engineer, while engineer Jibril, is self employed.
Engr. Gyang said he approached the JUTH management for an opportunity to attempt at fabricating a ventilator, which the management obliged.
“Because of the outbreak of Corronavirus, I heard about ventilator and I asked what is that ventilator, I made a research on it and I said, let me see if I can fabricate one.
“I came and talked to the management of JUTH, I was taken to where some faulty ventilators are and discovered that we can work and fixed the three broken ones.
“I called my friend and we walked on a particular one, we fixed it. We also fixed the second one,” he said.
Engineers Gyang and Jibril, said they would also work to fix the remaining one.
“We will keep on working to see that we can at least fixed others and possibly fabricates one.
“We are not trained on ventilators, but we gave a trial and fixed them in about five days. We feel happy that at least some thing was achieved,” said engineer Jibril.
The JUTH Cheif Medical Director (CMD), Dr Edward Banwat, confirmed the development at a press briefing, Thursday, at the hospital board room.
He said due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, ventilators are in critical need all over the world.
He said: “A young man Mr. Williams Gyang, came into my office sometimes last week and said he can fabricate a ventilator, I asked him whether he has seen what a ventilator is?
“We took to look at ventilators, these are not functioning ones and they have put two to function. We have put them to test, but all the parameters have shown that they are functioning.”
Doctor Banwat said with the fixing of the two ventilators, the hospital now has six functional ventilators, and had ordered for more.
“We will see how to encourage the two engineers,” he promised.