Easy-to-use oxygen device breathes new life into Covid-19 battle

A group of East London-based volunteers who include doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, has developed a portable and easy-to-use oxygen device that can be used by less skilled healthcare workers at clinic level in the fight against COVID-19.

“Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as scuba diving equipment and 3D printing, they built a working prototype within two weeks, and a 3D-printed final design within seven weeks. The high oxygen level delivered by the device ensures that maximum oxygen content is available to diseased lungs,” reported TimesLIVE (12 January 2021).

Hundreds of the devices, called OxERAs, have already been distributed to 25 hospitals from Cape Town to Pretoria. Devices have also been distributed as far as Zimbabwe, the DRC and the Central African Republic.

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