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Covid-19: Moroccans develop lightest mobile artificial respirator

A team of Moroccan specialists has succeeded in creating the smallest respiratory device in the world capable of providing assistance to the home, to patients with coronavirus and to people suffering from respiratory diseases.

Set up in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic which rages around the world and particularly in Morocco, the device has been equipped with a remote control system allowing it to be particularly effective for periods of quarantine.

“We have been involved as a group of engineers and doctors in this race against time since the start of confinement to design and develop an artificial respirator capable of saving human lives during this exceptional period,” said Abdelali Al Amarti, coordinator of the invention team.

Artificial respirators have been shown to be effective in caring for people with coronavirus because this viral pneumonia-like condition attacks the lungs and causes respiratory failure.

Since the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Western countries have requisitioned their large companies specializing in this field or even car manufacturing plants to produce more artificial respirators to help patients with respiratory problems. “They need help to keep the lungs as open as possible to inhale oxygen and deliver it to the bloodstream,” said the coordinator of the team that created this portable device designed for home use in response against the epidemic of Corona or other chronic respiratory diseases.

As for its mode of operation, he explains that “the device works by using a mask and pressing the Hadi valve without requiring the intervention of another person”, something that distinguishes this respirator by its ease of use.

The device is also light, only 700 grams facilitates its portability, making this Moroccan invention the lightest respirator in the world. In addition, it is controlled by a mobile application which monitors mechanical movements using pressure and flow sensors.

Manufactured in compliance with international standards and following the specifications of several companies known worldwide for the manufacture of this type of device, it can be used in addition to respiratory devices used in hospitals, but it is especially designed to relieve pressure on hospitals in these times of global health crisis.

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