Students from Kenyatta University have close to assist solve the ventilator crisis within the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ventilators were produced as a joint venture by 16 students from the Engineering Faculty, Pharmacy, Medicine and Nursing in 7-Days under the guardians of their Deans developed a Prototype of a Ventilator using locally sourced materials.
Showed on Saturday, April 11 by Citizen TV Kenya, the students showcased their prototypes which they stated were complete and awaiting certification and approval from the govt.
Brian Karanja a student said “The urge to make this machine is due to the shortage currently being experienced in the country. We all know that other countries have locked their borders and can’t export these ventilators, yet we direly need them.
Betty Maina Industrialization Minister and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Wainaina attended the first Public Showcase of this Ventilator.
The students are now expecting Formal Government Approval and Certification to begin producing these much-needed Medical Gadgets in the wake of an increasing Number of Positive coronavirus Patients in the country.
Kenya currently recorded 191 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak.
According to news reports, Kenya at the moment has only 259 Ventilators with over half them already in use by Patients with other Respiratory Diseases.