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By Abdulrasheed Hammad, a 300-Level student of Law at UDUS
The Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Design (FEED), Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS), has designed an open-source ventilator as part of its contribution to curtailing the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lawal Bilbis, the school stated that the ventilator and an automatic and manual handwashing stations are its contributions to the fight against COVID-19 as well as the health sector in general.
The institution, however, assured that comments and observations from experts were being looked into with a view to perfecting the products. It also promises to present it to the public once it is completed.
A lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, Mr Adamu Mode, among those who launched the ventilator, said that the equipment is an open-source which can be used to ventilate the patients as well as carry out the activities of medical staff without requiring any human intervention.
Some students of the university commended the efforts of the management for the initiative while urging other institutions to emulate the invention.
Muhammad Shehu Muhammad, a 200-Level student of Arabic Language, described the innovation as a welcome development.
"I was overwhelmed and happy when I came across the news stating that my great institution, UDUS has introduced a ventilator designed to flatten the coronavirus curve in Nigeria. This showed that my institution is going hand in hand with the best universities in the world, who are trying their best to find out the cure or equipment that can be used in fighting Covid-19 and other diseases," he said.
He challenged other institutions across the country to learn from UDUS in the fight against the virus.
Kriss Andrew, a 100-Level student of Biochemistry, said that the ventilator designed and produced by the management is something that should be proud of as Nigerians, advised the government to make facilities available to support the innovators.
Sofiullah Abu Sufyan, a 400-Level student of Medical Laboratory Science, commended the initiative made by the institution while maintaining that the school shouldn't only be a centre of consumption but also that of innovation.
"I was delighted when I heard that UDUS had recorded such a significant milestone. Just as it is expected, a University should be a centre for innovations and not only consumption."
Another student, Rabi'at Achida, a 100-Level student of Law, said that she felt so happy and impressed that UDUS, as a citadel of learning, cares about the public and has contributed its quota in the fight against the pandemic.