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COVID-19: Nigerian Polytechnic produces ventilator

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The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, in Ogun State, has announced a major breakthrough in the manufacture of a COVID-19 ventilator.

The Rector, Mr Olusegun Aluko, said the scientists in the institution used locally sourced materials to produce the ventilator.

According to him, it took the team seven days to produce the much-needed medical equipment.

“As the global demand for ventilator rises amid the coronavirus pandemic, I tasked a team of professionals including doctors and engineers in the institution to find a solution to the shortage of ventilators in the country.

 

“After days of hard work, the team was able to design a functional ventilator with less than one million naira,’’ the rector said  on Television Continental (TVC) on Thursday.

 

Aluko explained: “It took us one week through trial and error. Now there is no trail again; all the information that we used are documented. All we just need to do now is to feed them into the system, start mass producing and coupling them.

“If we can produce this one within one week with all the research that means in a matter of two days we should be able to produce one.”

The rector said the institution had the capacity to train scientists of other institutions across the country to upscale mass production of ventilators in Nigeria.

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