As the fight against Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria gets bolder, two technicians, Williams Gyang and Nura Jibril, have repaired two faulty ventilators belonging to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, Plateau State.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Gyang is a diploma holder working with the state Radio and Television station as electrical engineer, while Mr Jibril is self-employed.
The JUTH Chief Medical Director, CMD, Dr Edward Banwat, who confirmed the development at a press briefing on Thursday in Jos, said that fixing the ventilators would go a long way in the fight against Coronavirus.
According to the CMD, ventilators are now in critical need the world over, in view of its usefulness to the Coronavirus patients.
He said: “A young man, Mr. Williams Gyang, came into my office sometimes last week and said he could fabricate a ventilator.
“We took a look at the ventilators and gave him the go-ahead. After a few days, the ventilators became functional.
“We have put them to test and all the parameters have shown that they are functioning,” the CMD disclosed.
According to him, the hospital had paid for the repairs of another one in Abuja, adding that the hospital now has six functional ventilators.
“We will see how to encourage the two engineers,” he promised.
Narrating how their journey started, one of the engineers, Mr Gyang, told DAILY NIGERIAN that sometimes last week he had approached the JUTH management for an opportunity to fabricate a ventilator, which the management obliged.
According to him, the management, however, offered to try them with a repairs of the three faulty ventilators, which they did.
“After the outbreak of Coronavirus, I heard about ventilators and their scarcity across the globe. I made a research on it and attempted to fabricate one.
“I then came and talked to the management of JUTH. I was taken to where some faulty ventilators were and were offered to repair two for a trial.
“I called my friend and we worked on a particular one and fixed it. We also fixed the second one thereafter.
“We will keep on working to see that we could at least fix others and possibly fabricate one.
“We are not trained on ventilators, but we gave a trial and fixed these ones in about five days. We feel happy that at least some thing was achieved,” said engineer Jibril.