The University of Botswana (UB) has launched a ventilator to assist the Government in the fight against COVID-19.
Speaking at the launch recently, Vice-Chancellor Professor David Norris said the ventilator, which is suitable for both children and adults, was produced by UB’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology engineers.
Professor Norris said the ventilator was developed for COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure and offers breathing support. He said its production was in line with the institution’s new strategic direction to deliver high-quality applied research and innovation.
“When the menacing virus hit the country, UB saw it fit to stand up and be counted among the international higher learning institution drivers in helping to combat the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
He said UB was well on its way to providing impactful research that would assist communities and hence the launch of the machine to be used in hospitals. The vice-chancellor also handed over a motorised cart, designed by a UB student, to a person living with a disability.
“We must address the human resource needs of an inclusive society which promotes the development of the family, the community and the nation at large, prioritises the human and spiritual wellbeing, culture and social inclusion, one that improves societal outcomes, social integration, democratic and social values,” he said.
Professor Norris said since the university’s goal is to produce well-rounded graduates, he was ecstatic that one of his completing students had created a solution that would make a difference in the beneficiary’s life. For his part, cart designer, Lebogang Daniel said the vehicle was his way of giving back to the community and a gesture of gratitude to the Government for his education.
Source: Botswana Daily News