At a press conference on Tuesday, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak said a functional prototype of three models of home-made ventilators made by Walton would be sent to the health department soon for clinical trials.
Covid-19 can exacerbate respiratory complications such as pneumonia. At this time, if the lung infection increases, it becomes necessary to provide artificial respiration or ventilator service to the person in crisis.
At a time when patients around the world are in a state of panic over the Kovid-19 epidemic, the Irish-based company Medtronic has unveiled a design for their PB570 ventilator. For this, the chairman and CEO of the company Omar Ishraq, who is a Bengali, is being praised in the world.
One of the three ventilators in the functional prototype is built with Walton Medtronic, Palak said. The joint ventilator is named WPB570. The other two are Walton's own inventions. The name of the ventilator made by Walton's own invention is 'Walton Covid Build Ventilator 2020' or 'WCV-20' and the other is 'WAB-20'.
Expressing hope that if the coronavirus epidemic lasts long, it will be possible to meet the demand for quality ventilators made in the country, Palak said, adding that 16 ventilators have already been made from A2I Innovation Lab. These are being sorted for quality verification.
Walton's representative Golam Morshed told a news conference that Medtronic was supplying the FDA-certified ventilator parts. They agreed to go into production in a joint venture with five companies from five countries. The ventilator with the tag 'Made in Bangladesh' will be added to Walton's factory.
ICT Secretary NM Ziaul Alam, LICT Project IT-ITES Policy Advisor Sami Ahmed, Walton Ventilator Project Chief Engineer Golam Morshed, Walton Director Liaquat Ali were present at the press conference.