THE prototype of an innovative portable, battery-powered ventilator designed to assist unconscious patients breathe is set to be launched in Lagos.
Manufactured in Canada, the innovation has been described by the Head of the Emergency Department at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, as “a critical device that will significantly reduce infant and adult mortality rates and perhaps, the best thing to happen to resuscitation care in our environment.”
The novel medical device with the potential to save millions of lives all over the world, is the brainchild of the CEO of LigandCorp, Dayo Olakulehin, who in 2012, during his housemanship at the LUTH, had an idea for a medical device that could potentially save millions of lives worldwide.
For four months, Dayo and his team worked relentlessly to develop the affordable device. Three years later, he founded LigandCorp, an organisation devoted to developing and promoting innovative medical devices that will create lasting health solutions in Africa and other developing nations.
LigandCorp’s innovation is expected to cost $300 apiece. Conventional ventilators cost $30,000 while low cost alternatives, which are still under development, are to sell for about $3,000.
The launch of the outstanding innovation takes place on Thursday January 15th, 2016 at The Incubator, City of David in Dideolu Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.