Toyota Kenya offers to manufacture 20 ventilators daily to assist critically-ill COVID-19 patients

Toyota Kenya has offered to manufacture 20 ventilators daily to assist critically-ill COVID-19 patients in the country.

The car-maker said it was waiting for the government to approve its product before it embarked on producing the equipment.

For patients with the worst effects of the infection, a ventilator offer the best chance of survival as it takes over the body’s breathing process when the lungs fail due the damage caused by the respiratory illness.

The equipment gives the patient time to fight off the infection and recover.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in six patients infected by the virus becomes seriously ill as the pandemic causes oxygen levels to drop hence needing one to use a ventilator to push air to the lungs.

It has a humidifier, which adds heat and moisture to the air supply so it matches the patient’s body temperature.

A group of 16 Kenyatta University students had started developing respirators in the fight against the pandemic.

While unveiling the apparatus on Saturday, April 11, the students through the institution’s innovation and incubation centre said they could manufacture 50 ventilators in a week. 

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“The urge to make this machine is due to the shortage currently being experienced in the country,” one of the students said.

“We all know that other countries have locked their borders and cannot export these ventilators, yet we direly need them,” he added.

As of Friday, April 24, over 2.7 million had contracted COVID-19 with 191, 000 deaths recorded worldwide.

Out of the total number of infections at least 755,000 had recovered 58,000 were critically ill (3%).

Kenya had registered 320 cases with 89 recoveries and 14 deaths.

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