How local innovation is helping ease a dangerous ventilator shortage in Kenya-Voltoto Ventilator

The new coronavirus has infected more than two and a half million people worldwide.

Ventilators for patients with severe cases of COVID-19 are in short supply globally.

Governments and health authorities around the world are asking businesses to repurpose their production lines and supply chains as they try to close the huge gap between the number of ventilators that will be required, and the number currently available. Companies are stepping up to meet the demand for ventilators, alongside other innovations.

In the face of a ventilator shortage, local innovators Anthony Muthungu (TotoSci) and Peter Mberia (Voltarent) are finding fast and affordable alternatives. The two brilliant minds spend just 16 days to come up with a locally made ventilator which can really help. The estimated cost will be USD 500 to produce one and the team has the capacity to produce 20 per week.

On April 23, 2020 the Voltoto Ventilator team had several meetings with Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KEBS), Exports and Processing Zone (EPZ), Presidential Delivery Unity (PDU), Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and finally CS Betty Maina Office.

All were amazed and mesmerized…

We hope and believe that the government and responsible authorities will consider adoption of Voltoto Ventilator and hence mass production of the much needed commodity during this COVID19 pandemic

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