A group of researchers at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have produced a clinically tested ventilator to aid the sustenance of COVID-19 patients in the state.

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Benedicta Ehanire, UNIBEN’s public relations officer, in a statement on Tuesday, said the feat was attained by the institution’s engineering and medical sciences faculty.

She said the group, led by Kensington Obahiagbon, a professor in the varsity, took into consideration the peculiar circumstances of the country while producing the ventilator.

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According to her, the project has now been presented to Lilian Salami, the university’s vice-chancellor, alongside other members of the school management.

“A clinically-tested ventilator produced by a team of researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Medical Sciences has been presented to the management of the University,” Ehanire said.

“The invention is in response to the vice-chancellor’s challenge to various experts in the university to make relevant marks to showcase the institution’s talents.”

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Speaking on the project, Obahiagbon, who led the research team, said: “The ventilator was produced to work without electricity for at least one hour.”

The ventilator, which was designed to function in a dual-mode for adults and children, comes at a time when countries have started edging towards self-reliance in the fight against COVID-19.

It also follows after Nigeria’s finance ministry had come under criticism for asking Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, to send the country free ventilators in response to a message by the US billionaire.

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases have soared to 1337 with 40 deaths recorded so far.



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