At a time when the entire world is facing a critical shortage of ventilators, an Indian engineering student has developed the world’s cheapest ventilator. Ventilators have become essential equipment for every country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Unfortunately, due to their high cost, not every hospital and patient in the world can afford them, but we know that every problem has a solution. So amid this situation of crisis, here is some good news to give you a sigh of relief.
The good news is that the world’s smallest and cheapest ventilator has been built by an Indian boy. At an age when students are thinking about their career, the 21-year-old Trilok Sawant has developed the world’s cheapest ventilator which can certainly save thousands of lives suffering from COVID-19.
Trilok Sawant, a resident of Thakur Village of Kandivali in north Mumbai, never got restricted by the limitations and always had an eye for the problems around. He has prepared a portable ventilator, with things available in his house in the time of crisis. This small, palm-sized machine can be carried by patients and can even be used by them at home.
India has an estimated 40,000 working ventilators, but that will be inadequate in case there is a surge in COVID-19 infections. The number of coronavirus cases in India is exponentially increasing. In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 9,200 so far, while at least 331 people have died in the country from the infection.
If there is an unreasonable surge, India will definitely have a huge problem. No country has enough ventilators, no nation will be able to cope with the epidemic. Dealing with a surge will surely be a challenge. Therefore, measures like Lockdown are the best way to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
After knowing about Trilok’s invention of ‘Spandan’, the low cost automatic portable ventilator, North Mumbai BJP MP Gopal Shetty visited his residence to see the invention. “When I visited Trilok’s place to see the handy ventilator, Dr Bipin Doshi and an experienced mechanical engineer were also with me to evaluate the ventilator. They also said that this ventilator would be very useful to the country in the present situation. I will help him financially and in other ways required to encourage his talent and hard work and will make him a part of the Make in India project,” said Gopal Shetty.
The 21-year-old has developed a low-cost ventilator, ‘Spandan’, at his home that could save thousands of lives at a time when the country is grappling with a shortage of the medical equipment in its fight against coronavirus.
On asking how he did it, Trilok says, “The handy ventilator is made of things that were available in my house, which would have cost approximately Rs 250. But, the actual price may differ as due to the lockdown I had to make some temporary fixes. It’s a portable, handy ventilator and can be used for four people at a time. As of now, I have made only one, which took around eight hours. MP Gopal Shetty sir has assured me to help with my project,” said Trilok.
The United States has praised the Indian engineer for building a low-cost ventilator. Today, Trilok has won millions of hearts by giving a precious thing to the nation during this difficult time.