A girls' robotics team from Afghanistan is building a respiratory device from car parts, intended to treat coronavirus patients and help with the lack of ventilators in the country, as seen in footage from Wednesday in the Afghan city of Herat.
The team can be seen demonstrating the device made from parts of a Toyota Corolla motor.
«We hope that before May we can start sharing this oxygen... Еще machine with the clinics. This machine is different than a ventilator and it's helpful for those people that have respiratory problems,» said Ghafari, the team's trainer.
«We are working on an oxygen machine for the treatment of those people that have respiratory problems and our country needs these machines. We are trying to do our best and hope to have them accepted by the Ministry of Public Health,» said team member Diyana Nawabzada.
«The number of infected people with COVID-19 is going up day by day and the lack of oxygen is the main problem of most casualties in Afghanistan. Now we want to make an oxygen machine for this challenging time to help people,» added team captain Somaya Frahi.
According to data compiled by John Hopkins University, Afghanistan has reported 423 confirmed coronavirus cases, while 14 people have died after testing positive.