The Vice Chancellor of First Technical University, Ibadan, Prof. Ayobami Salami has disclosed that the university has produced two prototypes of ventilators.
Salami, in a statement on Wednesday said one of the ventilators was digital, while the other was mechanical. He added that the production of the mechanical ventilator was necessary, putting into consideration a situation where there was no electricity.
He said the university’s team of researchers, engineers and technologists, led by Dr Olawale Ajibola, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering presented prototypes to the management on Tuesday.
The VC stated that the successful production of the equipment indicated that the university was determined to prove its relevance as a theoretical and practical-oriented one.
“Our country and the world, in general, are facing a common strong enemy at the moment. Apart from disrupting almost every facet of our lives, COVID-19 has proved to everyone that you cannot, as a people, always rely on other nations for survival because everyone is primarily now fighting its own battle, trying to primarily save the lives of its people. The best we can, therefore, do for ourselves as Nigerians is to turn the adversity created by coronavirus into a blessing by looking inwards and devising strategies and solutions that will be useful even after the pandemic might have gone,”he said.