Makerere, Kiira Motors finish ventilator prototype tests

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The team comprising Makerere researchers and engineers from Kiira Motors Corporation has completed the engineering tests on the ventilator prototype successfully.

This innovation now moves to the next stage of validation, said Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe on Wednesday.

He said Makerere research teams have presented to a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, the research and innovations being done to support the response to Coronavirus.

The innovations include the rapid testing kit, the EpiTent and the Ventilator which is done jointly with KMC.

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Makerere also announced that they had made progress in designing a low cost ventilator to support management of severe respiratory complications of Covid-19.

The ventilator project is being undertaken by Makerere University Public of Health in partnership with Kiira Motors Corporation under the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation.

According to Allan Muhumuza, the business development manager at Kiira Motors, they are positioning Uganda as a science solutions provider for Africa.

Muhumuza said Uganda has about 55 functional ventilators yet the country’s population is slightly above 40 million people.

“Our aim is to have 1.3 ventilators per a million people. As Kiira Motors, we have gone miles in electric vehicle development and the way our ventilator will operate is the same as the electric vehicles,” he said.

On the international market, a standard ventilator goes for as much as $25000 (about sh95m).

Kiira Motors is currently in the process of testing its solar-powered buses.

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