KNUST RESEARCHERS DEVELOP VENTILATOR TO SUPPORT COVID-19 TREATMENT

• The project was to be designed by implementing low-cost and effective ventilators.

Michigan Technological University developed a prototype ventilator which they named IBV Ventilator, and later in 2017, KNUST project students from the Biomedical Engineering Department succeeded in coming out with another prototype; the KNUST Ventilator.

• The University believes their cooperation will help build on the invention to meet industrial standards and facilitate a seamless process of conducting a clinical trial of the final product.



Researchers at the College of Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology are expecting to see the full operationalization of an automated ventilator they have designed in a month’s time.


Officials from the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Standards Authority who have inspected the prototype say it is an intervention that can significantly contribute to improving healthcare delivery in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana.

According to authorities at the University, this prototype is the result of a collaborative project which started early 2017, as a joint effort between the Computer Engineering Department of KNUST and the Michigan Technological University of the United States.


It had an objective of improving health care delivery for patients with breathing deficiencies and disorders.


The project was to be designed by implementing low-cost and effective ventilators.


Michigan Technological University developed a prototype ventilator which they named IBV Ventilator, and later in 2017, KNUST project students from the Biomedical Engineering Department succeeded in coming out with another prototype; the KNUST Ventilator.



According to the leader of the team, Prof Kwame Osei Boateng, lack of funding stalled further development of the device.


In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic where the use of ventilators is vital for those in critical condition, the University says a team was tasked to work on further developing the project to ensure its usage to save more lives.


The team says it has so far spent twenty thousand Ghana cedis on the prototype.


They however believe that when it is certified and given the necessary financial support, a lot more can be produced at affordable prices.


According to the Provost of College of Engineering, Prof. Mark Adom Asamoah, their aim is to ensure that every district or community hospital in the country has one of the ventilators to complement the national effort in solving basic health problems.


“There are a lot of people who are struggling to breathe out of ailments. However, the cost of commercial ventilators is very high and very few people can afford them. So this effort is to find a way of producing these ventilators at a very low cost.


Our aim is to make sure that every district or community hospital would have one of such ventilators to help the national effort in trying to solve basic health problems.”


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