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COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by meavox: 4:28pm On Mar 24
CORONAVIRUS: WE’RE READY TO PRODUCE VENTILATORS, OTHER MEDICAL EQUIPMENT — INNOSON
Premium Times
March 2, 2020

Nigerian auto manufacturer Innoson said on Monday that it was ready to convert its assembly lines to start producing critical medical equipment that may be in short supply as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

A shortage of ventilators and other critical equipment has become a growing concern amidst rising cases of COVID-19 across the world.

“Innoson Motors is ready to assist the government in any way we can, including the likability of converting out lines to produce ventilators and other equipment,” Cornel Osigwe, the company’s spokesperson, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, citing his discussion with Innocent Chukwuma, the group’s chairman, on the matter.

“But we need the government or other health institutions to place orders the quantity that may be required before we could take any step,” Mr Osigwe added.

With its disclosure to PREMIUM TIMES, Innoson has joined a growing list of automobile companies who expressed intention to repurpose their manufacturing plants to produce medical equipment across the world.

General Motors and Rolls Royce, major vehicle manufacturers in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, have publicly disclosed that they could produce ventilators and other equipment.

But while many agreed that it was possible to retool a vehicle assembly line for production of ventilators, some medical equipment experts have warned that it might be several months before any results become useful.

“These are extremely sensitive machines with not only a lot of hardware, but also a lot of software. If one of the components does not work correctly, the whole machine shuts down and cannot be used any more,” Jens Hallek, a medical equipment production expert at Hamilton Medical, said Tuesday morning, Wired Magazine reported.

The Washington Post also reported that the U.S. Department of Defence had warned that it might take more than a year for carmakers or aerospace factories to start making ventilators.

Nigeria recorded its first casualty from coronavirus on Monday morning with the passing of a 67-year-old retired senior official of the state-run NNPC. The sexagenarian was amongst the 36 infections so far recorded in Nigeria since the first case was discovered on February 27, about three months after the virus broke out in China.

Nigeria is widely believed to be under-testing the number of COVID-19 carriers within its population. Less than 200 people are believed to have been tested, a grossly inadequate figure against the country’s nearly 200 million people.

Officials have admitted shortages of testing equipment, with many placing significant hope on the arrival of a consignment of testing kits and personal protective equipment from Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma.

But there are also concerns that some elderly and other immunosuppressed patients who may lose the ability to breathe on their own would not get a ventilator, a computerised unit that pumps air in and out of the lungs.

It was unclear how many ventilators are currently available at hospitals across the country, but in 2018 a medical expert decried as alarming the number of deaths being recorded in Nigeria due to acute shortage of oxygen machines.

Medical doctors at four different teaching hospitals told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that they could not estimate more than 300 oxygen machines throughout the country.

“I cannot estimate more than 300 ventilators in Nigeria,” Segun Adeoye, a consultant neurosurgeon, told PREMIUM TIMES. “And you have to remember that all the ventilators are probably already occupied by patients suffering other forms of ailments before coronavirus outbreak.”

Mr Adeoye said Nigeria would be better off preventing large scale infection amongst the citizens because the requisite medical equipment to support hundreds of patients at once “are just not there.”

Enefaa Bob-Manual Officials at the federal ministry of health declined to comment on Nigeria’s ventilator capacity or whether the government had commenced efforts to acquire the equipment to support potential demand from the pandemic.
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/383581-coronavirus-were-ready-to-produce-ventilators-other-medical-equipment-innoson.html

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by chris4gold(m): 4:29pm On Mar 24
Good news coming from abandoned corner smiley

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Deltayankeeboi: 4:30pm On Mar 24
embarassed



Jack of all trades, master of none.

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Karemarealty288: 4:32pm On Mar 24
What a tribe...........Always thoughtful and resourceful....Igbo is always Amaka!!!!

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by NextD18: 4:32pm On Mar 24
Igbos are fvckin business minded!!!

Always creative, innovative and ready to make out something out of any situation.

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Ogegeodey(m): 4:32pm On Mar 24
Commence production Asap.

See the advantage of having local production? In this critical time no country will be willing to sell to anybody cos they need it themselves. Encourage local manufacturing our govt will not listen.

Imagine that we have three of innoson factories.

Nigerians are truly proud of you IVM.

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by whitebeard(m): 4:32pm On Mar 24
Ehn start na

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by whitebeard(m): 4:33pm On Mar 24
Deltayankeeboi:
embarassed




Jack of all trades, master of none.
pls don't come to Nigeria abeg...dey ur side

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by benuejosh(m): 4:35pm On Mar 24
Wow

We suffer so much in Nigeria. We the masses are always on the receiving side of bad things and not good things. Coronavirus is becoming rampant in the country because of those who felt Nigeria was nowhere to be, those elite and those who didn't think Nigeria for one day, they had their money, took the money and left Nigeria. Then the outbreak came and then they are returning back to the country to give us the masses what ordinarily we wouldn't have had. Nigeria masses are always on the receiving side of every bad thing.

This virus will expose the unclothedness of Nigeria and Africa at large. I said it before that this disease is the best thing that has happened In Nigeria not because it is killing people but because it will help us to look within us and develop our nation. It is time we will keep sentiments, religion and region aside and bring out the best we have as a country. Time we build this country to greatness, time all the stolen and hidden money will be released. The disease was brought to Nigeria by the rich. Because who no get money no go fit buy air tickets travel go obodo Oyibo.

Less than 500 ventilators in the country and We expect an outbreak by 1st or 2nd week of next month. This is not said anywhere but mine assumptions and predictions. Fingers crossed, let me see how the government can handle this now that It has touched the top hierarchy.

Like my Prayers before, I Pray God gives the government wisdom to handle the situation. And may God protect us even as we carry out preventive and safety measures.

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by leksite120(m): 4:36pm On Mar 24
Very insightful of innoson, imagine having up to 50 of this innoson in the country, won't it be a great achievement, but NO, they won't create any company. The privates that are willing to establish self, they'll be giving difficult terms

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Jumlek2411: 4:36pm On Mar 24
Start if you want to start, no need to wait for permission. Provided it meets the quality standards and specifications

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by tatatar: 4:36pm On Mar 24
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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Built2last: 4:36pm On Mar 24
Forget matter.

Our Sinators, state governors, honourable members will place orders from behind to have it at home.

Aso rock will order for their families.

It will not be in hospitals for you and i.

UK ordered for 2 million and they have started production 2 weeks ago. its not ready yet

Buhari and his 10 thieves dont give a flying Fork about you.


Corona has come to test our resolve as a nation.

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by ololadeajayi(f): 4:36pm On Mar 24
START PRODUCING PLEASE!!!

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by wonuks(m): 4:36pm On Mar 24
cool
Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Fuckkthemod: 4:36pm On Mar 24
South Easterners have always come to Nigerians rescue, but the northern terrorist that does not contribute anything to the development of Nigeria are proscribing them

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Dicktion(f): 4:36pm On Mar 24
Nice one from the other side smiley
We the afonjas here are also going to find swift ways to help curb the spread of this Coro from our end
You are not alone
Where's asiwaju jagaban

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by datola: 4:36pm On Mar 24
Igbo business sense something else

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by kiddoiLL(m): 4:36pm On Mar 24
If it works out, it'll end up helping a lot of folks in this hard times..
Let's hope something real comes out of it.
Nice gesture

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by tutudesz: 4:36pm On Mar 24
Ogegeodey:
Commence production Asap
He can't commence production (Assemble) without order from federal government and state government
https://gadgets.ndtv.com/others/news/elon-musk-offers-1255-free-ventilators-from-china-2199987

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by obembet(f): 4:36pm On Mar 24
If they will buy it.

Karemarealty288:
What a tribe...........Always thoughtful and resourceful....Igbo is always Amaka!!!!

NextD18:
Igbos are fvckin business minded!!!

Always on the network your brain. Your mate are billionaire in this country. Seun will never pay u dime for this..

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Abiberry: 4:36pm On Mar 24
Karemarealty288:
What a tribe...........Always thoughtful and resourceful....Igbo is always Amaka!!!!

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by TheChameleon: 4:36pm On Mar 24
angry
Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by DisGuy: 4:37pm On Mar 24
hehehe
kikiki
Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by dynicks(m): 4:37pm On Mar 24
First it was mr ALLEN ONYEMA now it's Mr INNOSON...

something about the tribe these gentle men hails from...u just can't stop loving them grin even in the midst of bitter heartedness nd envy amongst frienemies......The once attacked nd almost rejected stone gunning to become the chief corner stone...

Meanwhile, Mr Innoson for minister for health 2023... oh Jesus!!

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by kiddoiLL(m): 4:37pm On Mar 24
Deltayankeeboi:
embarassed




Jack of all trades, master of none.
Crap...
Master of none yet he's the only successful Nigerian Vehicle manufacturer ...
show us your company

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by sotall(m): 4:37pm On Mar 24
undecided
Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by NLReposter: 4:37pm On Mar 24
I hear say ventilator na like 20million

And billions is allocated to Aso rock clinic every year


Buhari you think you are doing me

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Re: COVID-19: Innoson Ready To Produce Ventilators & Medical Equipment by Edgarated(m): 4:37pm On Mar 24
In every challenge lies the business side therein.
Igbo amaka.

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