2 Nigerian engineers praised after fixing ventilators for free to support Coronavirus Pandemic (photo)
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has attracted public attention on the topic of medical ventilators and the important role they play in some patients in intensive care. These shortages of important medical devices may encourage plans to increase the production of new respirators to reduce potential shortages at present.
Two Nigerian engineers praised by Jos are regarded by social media as a hero for the work they do as part of helping the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Both went to Jos’s teaching hospital and offered to fix the false ventilator free of charge and this dignified action won the hearts of many.
Online shared photos show by Gyang William and Nura Jibrin while working with a false ventilator in JUTH to prevent patients from dying due to lack of respirators.
Nigerians have praised their brave actions and called on the government to honor them when the coronary virus outbreak ended.
Fixing broken down Ventilators for Free… The Best Thing I’ve heard about Nigeria Since this Pandemic started. National Honours for these guys! https://t.co/vLPfP0590j
— Opatola Adesina (@haopatola) April 1, 2020
A lot of people in nigeria and all over the world are asking this same questions,
What is a medical respirator and why are they so important?
What is a ventilator?
A novel coronavirus that affects people around the world can cause a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, which is severe in a small number of people in important COVID-19 patients. Some patients will need to use a machine. Respirator to survive, which is why this medical technology is important during this pandemic.
Severe respiratory diseases can either decrease oxygen levels or increase carbon dioxide levels, leaving patients at risk of damage to vital organs, including the brain and heart. Medical ventilators solve this problem by delivering oxygen to the lungs while fleeing carbon dioxide.
According to the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, ventilators can be used to treat cases of serious lung disease and these are important for saving lives. This complex system involves the breathing tubes placed in the patient’s bronchi, including the mechanical self-contained breathing apparatus, which uses pressure to send oxygenated air into the lungs through the tubes.
Shortage of ventilator around the world
This technology is important for saving lives. But there is a limited number of hospital ventilation systems due to the ‘quiet’ and infectious nature of the novel coronavirus, as well as lack of immunity among the public.Health experts warn that many people can develop COVID-19 in a short time.
If a hospital is required to receive a COVID-19, an ICU patient needs a ventilator more than the amount of respirators available. The doctor may be forced to make difficult decisions about the patient being treated with the device. Current epidemic mitigation strategies, such as distant social goals, to prevent this from happening.
This is why many countries and businesses are looking for the potential to produce additional ventilation systems before the burden of healthcare comes on. According to a recent report in NYT, many respirator manufacturers in the United States and Europe report that they cannot meet the production needs at this point in time.
In the past few days, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company will ventilate if there is a shortage. The White House staff also talked with GM and Ford about the potential to support the production of additional respirators.
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