Covid-19: College of Engineering showcases new home-made ventilators

Covid-19: College of Engineering showcases new home-made ventilators

- The College of Engineering in KNUST has brought out a new home-made ventilator prototype to help in the fight against Covid-19

- According to the provost of the college, the device is a far cheaper alternative as it is made from less expensive materials

- Full development of the prototype is reportedly being undertaking by both KNUST and the Michigan Technological University

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The College of Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has held a demonstration exercise to debut a newly made prototype ventilator.

In a news report by, it is confirmed that the innovation brought on board the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as well as the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to ensure the highest standards are met.

Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, who is the Provost of the Engineering College said in an interview that the project needs to be fully developed to help patients who might need assistance to breathe.

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Most ventilators cost about $15 000, which is about R284 000, but according to the provost, less expensive materials and technology were used in building the portable ventilator, which makes it a better and cheaper alternative.

Although the average cost of the home-made ventilators when fully developed has not been disclosed, it is thought that it would be a far cheaper alternative for use both in Ghana and outside.

It is reported that the medical equipment is currently in the advanced stages of development and is a collaborative work between the College’s Computer Engineering Department and Michigan Technological University.

Meanwhile, previously reported two local entrepreneurs came up with new Covid-19 tests that take only 65 minutes to show results.

Not only with their invention speed up the testing time, it will also allow the country to reduce the time it takes for test kits to arrive as they are usually import.

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