The Palestinian Standards Institute (PSI) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) officially approved the medical ventilator that was designed and produced by Al-Quds University’s (AQU) faculties of engineering and medicine and was unveiled earlier this month, an Al-Quds University press release said today.
Photos of Al-Quds University’s fully computerized low-cost #ventilator. Offers different modes of breathing support; built from materials available in the local market. Can be deployed in ICUs, ERs, & field treatment centers. pic.twitter.com/FNOoiBnRH4
— Al-Quds University جامعة القدس (@AlQudsU) April 27, 2020
The decision to officially approve AQU’s medical ventilator came after a series of extensive technical tests and medical trials that were carried out on the prototype over the past three weeks by the PSI and MoH, under the supervision of several teams of experts who worked around the clock to complete the tests on an expedited basis, given the urgency for medical ventilators worldwide as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.
President of Al-Quds University, Imad Abu Kishek, announced that the university will begin immediately the process of producing 100 units to deliver them to Palestinian hospitals and treatment centers through the MoH, as a contribution by the university to the battle led by the Palestinian president and government against the pandemic and its consequences.
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On April 1, Al Quds University President, Professor Imad Abu Kishek announced that his university has “succeeded in producing a fully computerized ventilator capable of saving lives and providing a viable alternative to the shortage in Palestine and beyond in the standard commercial ventilators and other respiratory support machines”, the Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported.
As the good news spreads we make no apology at saying again how #proud we are of our partners Al-Quds University جامعة القدس for their practical genius during the #coronavirus #pandemic #portable #ventilators https://t.co/Qh34O8UiFv
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The breakthrough came at a critical time for Palestinians, who are struggling with the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 disease, and growing restrictions imposed by the Israeli military.
Al-Quds University is a research-intensive university with more than 100 under and postgraduate programs.