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NDA produces ventilators, sanitizers for COVID-19 patients

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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As part of its contribution to curbing the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, has designed and produced 2 types of ventilators, hand wash and sanitiser that could be quickly reproduced to stem the shortage of the equipment in the country.

In a statement on Friday, the Academy Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Abdullahi, said the design and production of the ventilators were done by a team of engineers, technologists and technicians from the Mechatronics Department headed by Major Dr Abubakar Suraj Imam.

According to the statement, a week ago, the Commandant NDA, Major General Jamil Sarham, had convened the team to “rapidly develop affordable ventilator within the shortest possible time, using readily available components”.

NDA produces ventilators, sanitizers for COVID-19 patients
NDA produces ventilators, sanitizers for COVID-19 patients
NDA produces ventilators, sanitizers for COVID-19 patients
NDA produces ventilators, sanitizers for COVID-19 patients

The team was also tasked to “develop the capacity of producing at least 30 ventilators in a month”, to beat the high cost of foreign-made ventilators and the present difficulties associated with procuring these.

Presenting their report to the Commandant, head of the team who is also Head of Department Mechatronics, disclosed that his team was able to, within a week, design and produce 2 unique ventilators that could be quickly deployed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, both ventilators, NDA Type 1 and NDA Type 2, could be reproduced cheaply and noted that currently, the Academy has the capacity of producing 30 ventilators in a month.

Speaking further, he disclosed that NDA Type 1 ventilator is a fully automated system with an interactive user-interface and 4 potentiometres for adjusting air and oxygen parameters.

Similarly, the NDA Type 2 is also fully automated, operates with a 2 KVA self-sustaining onboard inverter equipped with a military-grade lithium battery.

He noted that both prototypes have been subjected to a series of technical performance evaluation tests with impressive results.

The statement noted that apart from the production of the ventilators, the NDA also produced hand wash and sanitisers, “to enhance the hygiene and develop washing hand culture among the Academy community”.

While responding to the various research efforts, the NDA Commandant commended the effort of the team, pledging to continue to support all research efforts in the Academy in order to proffer solutions to various problems affecting the country.

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