KIU, Main Campus - Mohamed Adawe (in picture), a 21-year-old Somalian national, built a prototype ventilator for Coronavirus patients in Somalia after he heard of a man dying from the virus simply because he did not have access to a ventilator or oxygen.
“The situation in the country and Coronavirus is very critical. People are dying of Coronavirus and a lack of oxygen because there are very few ventilators in the country,” said Adawe.
Somalia has one of the highest Coronavirus cases, with 1284 confirmed cases and 53 deaths. At the same time, the country’s health care system is ill-equipped to deal with the pandemic. There are only 19 ventilators available for a population of around 15 million people.
Somalia’s Health Minister Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, says the situation is urgent and has praised Adawe for stepping up at the critical moment for Somalia.
Although his ventilator is a basic concept in a country where most hospitals only have hand-held oxygen pumps, the inventor is convinced that his home-made machine can save lives.
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