In response to growing cases of coronavirus in the country, the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) said on Thursday it had commissioned a team of engineers to fabricate ventilators for use in the state’s treatment and isolation centres.
In a statement issued by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Salisu Dan’Azumi, BUK said a seven-man committee had been set up with a view to producing a prototype ventilator for emergency use in hospitals and other isolation centres in Kano.
According to Dan’Azumi, the committee headed by Prof. Abdussamad U. Jibia from the Department of Mechatronics Engineering is expected to design and fabricate a prototype ventilator which would be used as an emergency measure in hospitals in the state.
He said the committee which had since swung into action was given two weeks within which to present its report to the Faculty Board, the design and construction of prototype ventilator for emergency use in hospitals and homes to treat patients of #COVID19 pandemic.
He disclosed that the committee was charged with the responsibility of suggesting the modality for mass production of the designed and fabricated ventilators, adding that if the panel succeeded in the production of the equipment, the deanery will approach university management for sponsorship and possibly reach out to relevant agencies such as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), federal and state governments for mass production.