Senegalese Scientists Produce 3-D Ventilators For Patients


A team of six teaching researchers at Senegal’s Thies college has come together to produce a low cost ventilator after one of the project members, Professor Ousmane Seydi, read a scientific paper on how to make ventilators.
The scientist have been making research for almost two weeks now, the scientists at Thies Polytechnic in Senegal have been working in a college that has been deserted because of the partial lockdown in the country, to develop a cheap locally made ventilator.
The professor said he did not have the knowledge to design the ventilator himself but with the help his colleagues who specialise in mathematics, computer engineering and electronic engineering, they were able to work together and came up with a working prototype in just 10 days.
Working with three 3D printers to speed up the production, they make most of the parts themselves and have also designed their own algorithm which enables the 3-D ventilator to work autonomously and recognise when the patients can or can not breath.
The device can also be connected to a mobile phone through an app. to help doctors control the device easily.
Professor Gueye, said compared to other ventilators, their locally mad ventilators will cost only 40,000 FCFA ($66) If approved by the competent authorities, they could produce about 50 ventilators a week depending on the tools and resources made available to them.
Technicians, startups, inventors are working around the sub saharan region to create or adapt existing devices to assist COVID-19 patients who have developed breathing difficulties their lungs filled up with fluid.
In Nigeria the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has recently launched a made-in Nigeria ventilator.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone an unexpected light on Africa’s hidden talents and resourcefulness at producing home-grown alternatives that will assist health experts and hope it will continue to be exploited long after the world and Africa has recovered from the deadly disease.

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