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Coronavirus: IIT Kanpur To Develop Low-Cost Portable Ventilators

IIT, Kanpur has shaped a nine-member group to vet the prototype (File)

New Delhi:

With the variety of COVID-19 instances rising within the nation, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur is growing moveable ventilators which can be considerably cheaper than those out there available in the market.

Professors at IIT Kanpur declare that whereas invasive ventilators can be found at round Rs four lakh per unit available in the market, this ventilator can be made at a price of Rs 70,000 per unit as all of the parts have been sourced from India solely.

Two graduates from the institute—Nikhil Kurule and Harshit Rathore — who’re working a start-up known as “Nocca Robotics” incubated at IIT Kanpur, have developed a prototype for the moveable ventilator.

IIT, Kanpur has shaped a nine-member group, together with medical doctors from Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore to vet the prototype following which the beginning up will get round 1000 moveable ventilators prepared inside a month.

According to the group, the prototype developed is an invasive sort mechanical ventilator able to working in pressure-controlled mode.

The ventilator can be completely related to a cell phone which can be used to manage the machine and show important info. The machine won’t require any type of medical air and can be able to working by itself in ambient air. There can even be a provision for attaching oxygen cylinder, when required.

“COVID-19 has hit mankind as a catastrophe. When even the sophisticated countries like US and Italy which have wonderful medical infrastructure are dealing with the onslaught of this virus, in India we are grossly unprepared,” stated Amitabha Bandhopadhay, Professor and Incharge IIT Kanpur Incubation Centre.

“These patients, particularly the elderly one will need access to ventilators and we have very few spare ventilators. We are making an effort to make ventilators as fast as possible, possibly within a month”s time. Without any manufacturing base for ventilators, it is not going to be easy, therefore we have formed a team with technical as well as medical experts,” he added.

The group, which is within the strategy of understanding the costing concerned for the manufacturing of moveable ventilators, can be searching for assist from crowd sourcing platform known as Care In India.

“We are taking help from all levels including a crowd sourcing platform called Care in India. This is the time when combined effort is needed and we hope that if our effort bears fruit we can save a lot of Indian lives,” Mr Bandhopahyaya stated.

The variety of coronavirus instances climbed to 649 in India on Thursday and the loss of life toll as a consequence of COVID-19 rose to 13, with one loss of life reported every from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, in line with the Health Ministry.

Goa featured for the primary time within the chart ready by the ministry, reporting three coronavirus instances.


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