Dhaka, Bangladesh
BD to start making ventilators soon 

BD to start making ventilators soon 

Palak unveils govt plan

News Report The government will manufacture ventilators by engaging local technological conglomerate Walton and with the support of Medtronic, an international medical device company, as the country grapples with a growing incidence of coronavirus.   Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for the ICT division, made the announcement on Monday evening at an online press conference and said Bangladesh will be able to manufacture the ventilators as soon as possible.   A ventilator is a mechanical breathing device essential for patients suffering from breathing problems and respiratory illness. As Covid-19 is a virus that attacks the lungs, ventilator is an essential tool to treat patients with severe symptoms.   “We have already huge chat with the Medtronic team that was run by an iconic Bangladeshi expatriate, Omar Ishrak, now chairman of Intel, and they have assured us of helping in  manufacturing ventilators in our country,” said Palak.  The minister and his team had attended a video- conference on Saturday with the research and development team of Medtronic, who said they would share their source code.   “We are very hopeful of getting their source code and patent by Wednesday BD to start Front Page 1 col. 3 [April 1] and might go into manufacturing within a short time,” he added. The junior minister said he had already informed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of this development and talked with Health Minister Zahid Maleque over phone.   “It will be a huge milestone for Bangladesh as Medtronic assured us that they would open their patent for us and our engineers will get a chance to work with their research and development team,” Palak said.

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