Kigali IPRC’s engineers have started to make Ventilators in a bid to fight against COVID 19.
One of Ventilator fabricated in IPRC Kigali
Different individuals have been impressed by this innovation of Rwandan engineers.
Prof Stephen Rulisa, Head of Research department At Kigali Teaching University Hospital says “I am really impressed by Rwandan engineers of IPRC Kigali, making Ventilators! As good as imported ones “
Prof Rulisa confirms “they work the same way exactly as the ones available on the market, the difference is that one is Made in Rwanda, others are imported”
He adds that till now those engineers are making one ventilator in 8 days but, once supported, they can do one ventilator in three days.
Rwanda biomedical engineers are making ventilators while there is shortage of Ventilator in different countries all over the World.
In few days the chief of one of India’s largest private hospital has warned that the country faces a critical shortage of ventilators and intensive care unit staff if coronavirus infections rise rapidly. “Definitely there will be a shortage of ventilators in case the outbreak goes to a level it has gone in some other countries,” He said.
Mr. Raghuvanshi added there was also a scarcity of staff required to operate the equipment. “Not many people are used to taking care of critical patients who are on ventilators and who require this complex care.”
As the coronavirus rages across the globe, ventilators that pump oxygen into the lungs of critically ill patients have been embraced as the best hope for saving lives.
But fears of a ventilators shortage have unleashed wave experimentation hospitals around the World that is leading to some promising alternatives to help sustain patients.
The Financial Times last week has published that in USA, Doctors at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island have been using machines designed for people with sleep apnea to keep scores of coronavirus patients breathing, and engineers at New York University have transformed hooded hair salon dryers into personal negative pressure chambers that deliver oxygen and limit the spread of aerosolized virus, lowering the infection risks for health care workers and other patients.
Today, New York hospitals have implemented other emergency measures, including using a single ventilator to help two COVID-19 patients breathe. Known as splitting, the procedure can be risky for some patients.