Rwandan biomedical engineers from Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre ( IPRC- Kigali) could soon release the first locally produced ventilators at affordable prices on the market to respond to Covid-19 pandemic.
The engineers are trying on two types of ventilators including one in hospitals for patients on the bed and the other which is a portable one that can be used in an ambulance.
Joseph Habiyaremye one of the engineers working on the prototype said that they have worked on the product for eight days. He noted that the locally made ventilator could be available at a lower price compared to the imported ones.
He added that the ventilator works like the ones that are imported. The ventilator is made of materials available locally as IPRC Kigali has consumables that can be used and it will be available at a low cost. An imported ventilator costs $20,000 but the one produced can cost between $2,000 and $4,000.
He said that after the final product is out, they will follow approval steps by concerned organs before the ministry of health puts it on the market.
He added that they want to make the ventilator with a battery that can last 186 hours and work for 5 days without stopping and without using electricit