The University of Zambia -UNZA- has launched a medical ventilator to support the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

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The University of Zambia -UNZA- has launched a medical ventilator to support the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking during the launch, Higher Education Minister Brian Mushimba said the technology will assist the Ministry of Health in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Mushimba has since called for the support of innovations by higher institutions of learning.

In a speech read for him by Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame, Dr. Mushimba said home-grown innovations encourage local participation in the manufacturing sector.

And Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Kennedy Malama in a speech read for him by his representative Christopher Chanda said the fight against the pandemic needs stakeholder support.

Meanwhile, UNZA Acting Vice Chancellor, Tamala Kambikambi called on stakeholders to partner with institutions of higher learning to build capacity to enable medical equipment such as ventilators to be produced locally.

And Zambia Association of Manufacturers-ZAM- President Ezekiel Selele encouraged the private sector to invest in research and development by public universities.

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