Local News: As the epidemic of COVID-19 continues to impact hundreds of thousands around the world, there is a growing need for new equipment to combat the virus.
Coronavirus patients need to be assisted by artificial respiration ventilators, but with the growing number of positive cases worldwide, many countries are dealing with ventilator shortages to support vital patients.
A Sri Lankan nursing officer Bihan Haputhanthri, who is working at Kandy National Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit (CCU), has built a ventilator for four patients simultaneously to provide mechanical ventilation.
Today (02) this new ventilator was introduced to the Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.
The new design, which costs Rs approximately 4 million, allows four patients to provide simultaneous ventilation support while preventing the spread of germs from one patient to another through an artificial respirator.
Present at this event were President of Government Nursing Officers Association Saman Ratnapriya, Health Ministry Secretary Bhadrani Jayawardena, Additional Secretary Sunil de Alwis and many other officials.