By Ahmad Tijjani
a bid to contribute its quota towards fighting off the dreaded Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19), a team of engineers from Bayero University’s Faculty of Engineering is currently working towards the fabrication of ventilator for use in Kano state.
Already, the University’s Faculty of Engineering had set up a seven-man committee with a view to producing prototype ventilators for an emergency use in our hospitals and other isolation centres as part of efforts to contain the pandemic which has been threatening the country.
“Following the discussions on the Faculty of Engineering Forum on the need to contribute our quota towards the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic, a seven man Committee is hereby composed,” said a terse statement signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Salisu Dan’ azumi.
According to the Dean, the Committee under the chairmanship of Professor Abdussamad U. Jibia from the Department of Mechatronics Engineering is expected to design and fabricate a prototype ventilator which would be use as an emergency measures in our hospitals.
Other members of the committee were Professor Ibrahim Abdullahi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Habibu Rabiu from Electrical Engineering Dept; Dr. Mustapha Mohammed, Mechatronics Engineering Dept; Dr. Mubarak D. Mohammed of Mechanical Engineering Dept; Dr. Amir A. Bature from Electrical Engineering Dept and Dr. Ado Haruna from Mechatronics Engineering Department respectively.
He said the Committee which had since swung into action was given two weeks within which to present its report to the Faculty Board including the design and construction of prototype ventilator for emergency use in hospitals and homes to treat patients of COVID 19 pandemic.
Equally, Professor Dan’ azumi revealed that the Committee was charged with the responsibility of suggesting the modality for mass production of the designed and fabricated ventilators. It would also give an estimate of the cost of producing the ventilators.
The Dean further hinted that if succeeded in the production of the prototype, the deanery will approach the University Management for sponsorship and possible reach out to relevant agencies such as National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), states and federal government for mass production.
Already, he said the team had been brainstorming with a view to achieving the desire objectives