By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Federal Government has granted Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), patent certificates for the sole use of the proto-type medical equipment its team of engineers and scientists invented recently.
In a statement by the Director Public Affairs Directorate Auwalu Umar said, the medical equipment, 4-In-One Hand Sanitizing machine and Intensive Care Ventilator, were invented in 2020 as part of the Institution’s contribution towards the global fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the hand sanitizer machine, code-named ABUSANIT-20, consists of an exceptional electric circuit designed for the control unit fitted with LCD display to regulate the dispensing pattern of the liquid soap, water, drying air from the blower section, and finally chemical sanitizer to combat viral and bacterial contamination.
According to him, the Ventilator, named ABUVENT-20, is driven by a BLDC motor and is power-driven by either AC or DC source.
” Its design is such that it does not only meet the World Health Organization (WHO) standard but also adapt creatively to the power situation of the country”.
He said the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment issued the patent certificates in accordance with Patents and Designs Act; CAP 344 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
“The certificates granted the University were for the “sole use and advantage” of the two medical equipment invented”.
“The Ministry also explained that the Federal Government acceded to the Institution’s request on account of Government’s willingness to encourage all inventions which may be for public good”.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, announced the receipt of the patent certificates at the University’s 506th (Regular) meeting of the Senate recently at which the medical equipment were displayed.
Prof. Bala was of the belief that patent certificates would spur other engineers and scientists from the University to conduct a lot of research in different areas.