Indonesia Has Developed A Compact Ventilator Vent-I Unit Worth $1,000
Scientists from the Indonesian Institute of Technology in Bandung have developed a new compact artificial lung ventilation (ventilator), the cost of which does not exceed $1,000. This was reported on Thursday by Reuters, citing researchers.
"The design of this device is much simpler compared to those that can be seen in intensive care wards," explained Syarif Hidayat, head of the research group. According to him, the new device, called Vent-I, was partially assembled from various household items, including plastic glasses.
The advantages of the developed device are the price, which is 20-25 times lower than the average market price of a conventional ventilator, and the size-Vent-I does not exceed the dimensions of a small oven. However, as its key advantage, Hidayat named the ability to provide positive continuous pressure in Airways, which is necessary for the treatment of patients with coronavirus.
At the moment, scientists are waiting for the end of clinical trials, after which they intend to start mass production of devices in cooperation with the state aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI). It is expected that the production volume will be about 500 pieces per week. The first batch of 600-700 devices will be donated to the needs of medicine, the researcher said.
Earlier, Indonesian health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said that Indonesian hospitals are equipped with only 8,413 ventilators. This number may not be enough to treat all those infected, of which there are 12,776 in the country.
In addition, experts suggest that there may be many more people infected with coronavirus in Indonesia since the level of research in the Republic remains one of the lowest in the world - only 99 tests are performed per million people. In neighboring Malaysia, this figure is two thousand per million, and in the Republic of Korea or Singapore-10 thousand. According to experts, to reach a similar level, Jakarta needs to do about 2.7 million studies, now only 76 thousand have been conducted.