Kenyatta University Students Develop Ventilators to Curb Covid-19 Pandemic

Students from Kenyatta University have developed a ventilator that is intended to aid breathing for Covid-19 patients.

The initiative will go a long way in minimizing casualties from the Covid-19 disease.

Earlier today, the government of Kenya announced additional 2 cases of Covid-19 infections, taking the total number of people with the disease in the country to 186.

Call for Youth Action Accepted

President Kenyatta and Healthy CS Mutahi Kagwe have been calling on the Kenyan Youth to be at the forefront in fighting against the spread of Covid-19 in Kenya.

It seems the Youth have heeded to the executive plea, and they did so in style. The young innovators have shown the intention to support the government’s efforts to end the Corona menace.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

The group brings together students from the schools of medicine, pharmacy, nursing and engineering at Kenyatta University.

This shows the power of teamwork, collaboration, and use of technology and innovation in research and development.

Cost-Effectiveness of the Ventilator

Each ventilator costs approximately KES 500,000, and Kenyatta University has the capacity to build 50 ventilators in one week.

The team sourced all their materials locally in Kenya, showing the immensity of opportunity within the confines of our country’s geography.

The Global Innovation

The ingenuity was orchestrated by the Dean of Engineering School Dr. Shadrack Mambo and the chairman of Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Center, Prof. Nicholas Gikonyo.

Kenyatta University has now moved swiftly to the Kenya Industrial Property Institute to acquire intellectual property rights to the innovation. The institution joins Jomo Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi in the race to innovation, as education takes a global face in the country.

This initiative comes just days after international media reported the good news about Kitui County developing face masks for a related purpose.

Workers in Kitui Factory manufacturing masks. Image courtesy of Washington Post

The Washington Post reported about the Kenyan factory that managed to create a million masks within 48 hours.

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