Filipino-made cost-effective ventilator “Ginhawa” might be of help to COVID-19 patients

  • Filipinos gravely afflicted with COVID-19 are in dire need of ventilators
  • But there aren’t enough supply, so doctors decide on who will use available ventilators
  • Ginhawa is a Filipino-made lightweight and low-cost portable ventilator

Filipinos gravely afflicted with COVID-19 are in dire need of ventilators but there aren’t enough to use, leading doctors to make tough decisions on who will use it and who’s not. To solve this, we may perhaps look at a Filipino-made low-cost ventilator Ginhawa or “The People’s breath of relief ventilator.”

Image from DOST CALABARZON via Facebook

According to Good News Pilipinas, Ginhawa which is also known as Reliefvent is a lightweight and low-cost portable  (projected 40% lower compared to other available ventilators available in the market) ventilator built by a team of experts from different fields led by UP College of Medicine Professor Dr. Abundio Balgos.

The technology was among the Filipino-made tech that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has unveiled January this year as among the its top products and accomplishments.

Ginhawa can perform procedures like controlled ventilation, assist-controlled ventilation, and synchronous intermittent mandatory ventilation.

In addition, the Filipino-made gadget has an internal differential pressure transducer for detecting patient inspiratory efforts and refinement of the internal oxygen blender and humidifier; a feature uncommon to most commercially-available ventilators.

Weighing eight kilograms and runs on both AC and DC power, Ginhawa is equipped with software for self-diagnostic cloud-based data analytic and protocols for operations and trouble shooting. It can be used for both children and adult

Image from DOST CALABARZON via Facebook

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, during the unveiling of the technologies last January, has shared his intention to fully commercialize these fruits of their hardwork to benefit the people.

Looking at the present situation of the country, maybe it’s time to look at technologies like this to help our countrymen. As of posting, proponents of the project are currently seeking a manufacturing company as partner for its commercialization. The government and private sector could step up and fast-tract production.

Image from DOST website