The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, May 15; announced 288 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 5445.
Announcing this via its Twitter handle, the NCDC said the 288 new cases were reported from 15 states. It also put the number of deaths recorded in the last 24 hours at three.
It gave the breakdown as follows: Lagos(179), Kaduna (20), Katsina (15), Jigawa(15), Borno (13), Ogun(11), Kano(8), FCT(7), Niger (4), Ekiti(4), Oyo (3), Delta (3), Bauchi(3), Kwara (2), Edo(1).
The NCDC said 5445 cases had been confirmed while 1320 cases had been discharged and 171 deaths had been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory so far.
288 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 15, 2020
Meanwhile, a team of engineers in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, has unveiled a locally invented ventilator to enhance the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Prof. Muhammad-Sani Sallau, Director Equipment Maintenance and Development Centre, ABU; said this at the unveiling of the equipment at the university in Zaria on Friday.
Sallau, who is also the team leader and Acting Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences; told newsmen that the university has made a breakthrough and working toward safeguarding the innovation of the product.
“We are currently processing the patenting as well as trademarking to further safeguard the product.
“We are receiving maximum cooperation from government agencies in this regard,” Sallau said.
He added that the university was in the process of getting the needed equipment to produce more ventilators; as part of its academic research contribution in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The team leader also said they had received all the necessary support from the appropriate authorities.
“As a research centre, we only invent but look for companies and organisations to sponsor the project for mass production,” he said.
According to him, universities are research centres and their mandate is to develop the technology for manufacturers to buy into their research development.
Sallau urged the government to fund the innovation to help boost mass production of the homemade ventilator.