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COVID-19: UNIBEN Innovates With Ventilator That Works Without Electricity

With the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerians have been coming out with innovative infrastructure that is meant to help the federal government effectively fight the battle against the pandemic.

After the innovativeness shown by the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) with the design and production of ventilators for use in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, a team of University of Benin (UNIBEN) lecturers has stepped forward to also produce a ventilator that can work without electricity for at least one hour.

The team of researchers led by Prof. Kessington Obahiagbon explained that in designing the ventilator, it took into consideration the epileptic state of the nation’s power supply.

Presenting the machine to the Vice-Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Imuetinyan, the team noted that the project known as COVID-19 Initiative was their way of contributing to the fight against Coronavirus.

Obahiagbon, who is from the Faculty of Engineering, said that the feat was achieved in collaboration with his colleagues from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, adding that the machine was also designed in a dual-mode for adults and children.

The institution’s spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire added that the initiative was in response to the Vice-Chancellor’s challenge to various experts in the higher institution to continue to strive to make relevant marks, in order to place the university among the best and on a world-class pedestal.

Leader of the team, Prof. Kessington Obahiagbon, disclosed that the team took into consideration the peculiar circumstances of the country, especially with the pandemic, mobility, and irregular supply of electricity.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Imuentiyan hailed the team for the feat, particularly for looking inward, in efforts to seek solutions to the dreaded coronavirus disease.

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