Bayero University Kano (BUK) has invented a prototype ventilator machine to enhance the management of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Kano State.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, while unveiling the machine in Kano yesterday said it was part of the contribution of the university to combating the coronavirus pandemic.
He said an emergency team was constituted for the project, under Prof. Ibrahim Abdullahi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
He explained that the ventilator was designed with two mode operating levels for effective management of coronavirus cases.
“The ventilator operates in two modes; in mode one, it breath for the patient while in mode two, the ventilator complement the breathing for patient”, he said.
He said plans are underway for clinical trial of the machine on animals. It could be recalled that the university had set up a Molecular Laboratory to enhance detection of the disease.
The test centre was designed with 180 daily samples test capacity to complement the existing Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH).
Source: News update