KNUST outdoors new home-made ventilators to help fight COVID-19

KNUST outdoors new home-made ventilators to help fight COVID-19

- The College of Engineering in KNUST has brought out a new home-made ventilator prototype to help in the fight against COVID-19

- According to the provost of the college, the device is a far cheaper alternative as it is made from less expensive materials

- Full development of the prototype is reportedly being undertaking by both KNUST and the Michigan Technological University

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The College of Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has held a demonstration exercise to outdoor a newly made prototype ventilator.

In a news report by, it is confirmed that the innovation brought on board the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as well as the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to ensure the highest standards are met.

Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, who is the Provost of the Engineering College said in an interview that the project needs to be fully developed so as to help patients who might need such assistance to breathe.

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Most ventilators cost about $15,000 which is about GHC 75,000 but according to the provost, less expensive materials and technology were used in building the portable ventilator, which makes it a better choice.

Although the average cost of the home-made ventilators when fully developed has not been disclosed, it is thought that it would be a far cheaper alternative for use both in Ghana and outside.

It is reported that the medical equipment, is currently in the advanced stages of development and is a collaborative work between the College’s Computer Engineering Department and Michigan Technological University.

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Meanwhile, reported on another brilliant innovation when a local Ghanaian taxi driver simply identified as Joe is said to have created an ingenious hand-washing invention for passengers to help avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the car.

In a brief interview sighted by on the personal handle of Vivian Kai Lokko, the gentleman demonstrated how the device works automatically without any form of contact with the hand.

Interestingly, when asked what his level of education was to be able to propound such an amazing solution, Joe mentioned that he could not even make it to high school.

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