Prof. Ayobami Salami, the Vice Chancellor of the Technical University, Ibadan has said the institution is on the brink of producing ventilators to support the Oyo State government in its fight against the coronavirus in the state.

The Vice Chancellor made this known while presenting renewable face masks produced by the institution as support to the government in the prevention of COVID-19 spread, to government officials at the Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Ibadan.

He stated that the institution came up with the mass production and donation of face masks to the state government due to its scarcity across the globe and economic challenge attached to the disposable ones.

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Prof. Ayobami affirmed that the ongoing pandemic in the country deserves relevant contributions from stakeholders to contain the spread of the disease.

He said: “The role of the university is to be relevant to the society. We decided to look at areas we can be of help in supporting the efforts of the government in this pandemic. The issue has become a major challenge not only in Oyo State, nationally but globally. How many Nigerians can afford to spend two to three hundred naira per day on a face mask?

“We decided to look at how we can resolve this challenge and challenged our technical vocational and entrepreneurship training unit to begin to produce the useable and washable face mask. We are already doing this and we want to start by making some donations to the government and make available to the public to place order.”

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