Bangladesh Army has moved to manufacture ventilators for critically ill patients suffering from the coronavirus.
The ventilators are now in the ‘test and trial’ phase, with more than 80 percent of the manufacturing work completed, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations. The patients will be able to use it soon, it said.
Following a directive from General Aziz Ahmed, the chief of Bangladesh Army, the project began under the supervision of Major General Sultanuzzaman Md Salehuddin, managing director of Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory, with a concept from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and cooperation of Tiger IT, according to ISPR.
“BMTF was given the responsibility to manufacture the artificial ventilators. Accordingly, engineers were able to prepare an artificial ventilator in two weeks,” ISPR Director Abdullah Ibn Zaid told informed media.
“That ventilator has been applied on two patients at the critical care unit of Dhaka CMH and was found to be successful.”
The work has progressed a lot and the authorities will brief the media soon.
At least 1,000 ventilators can be manufactured in a week, he said.
Since March 25, the armed forces have been assisting the civil administration in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.