COVID-19: UNIBEN produces ventilator that ‘can run without electricity’


A team of researchers at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have produced a ventilator.

A ventilator is an equipment that aids persons with breathing difficulty in breathing. It is part of the equipment deployed for patients with severe cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The researchers who produced this belong to the Faculties of Engineering and Medical sciences at UNIBEN.

According to them, the one designed is able to function in dual mold for children and adults.

Leader of the team, Professor Kassington Obahiagbon, said the group also known as COVID-19 initiative “produced the ventilator designed to work without electricity for at least more than one hour”.

Details of these are contained in a statement issued by the university’s Public Relation Officer (PRO), Dr Benedicta Ehanire.

“The invention is in response to the Vice Chancellor challenge to various experts in the university to strive to make relevant marks in order to place the institution on a world class pedestal,” the statement noted.

The statement further said the ventilator has been clinically tested and presented to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Lillian Salami. reports that UNIBEN is one of the few tertiary institutions in Nigeria that had so far innovated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Earlier, the university had also produced sanitisers, which are needed among the populace as preventive measure against the virus.

Also, the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, the Nigeria Defence Academy had earlier produced ventilators.

Also, the University of Lagos, the University of Ilorin, the First Technical University Ibadan and a few other institutions also produced hand sanitisers and face masks.

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