As the cases of the novel coronavirus in the country continue to rise, the Department of Health (DOH) seeks for additional medical equipment such as ventilators and respirators to help severely ill COVID-19 patients confined in intensive care unit (ICU).
To answer this call, a research team consisting of pulmonologists and biomedical engineers, led by Dr. Abundio Balgos of UP Manila, developed GINHAWA, a compact, safe and effective ventilator that can be used for both children and adults. The project started in 2012, in collaboration with biomedical engineers from De La Salle University and then proceeded with the redesign phase in 2019 with the help of biomedical technicians led by Mr. Glenn Tuazon.
GINHAWA costs 42 percent cheaper than similar portable ventilators intended for use in ICUs, emergency rooms and ambulances. The technology has an embedded software protocol for self-diagnosis, protocol for cloud-assisted troubleshooting, repair and patient data analytics.
To date, bench testing using Michigan Instruments Pneuview Test Lung and animal studies testing were done, proving its safety and efficacy. Initial human trials were also conducted, with six patients included in the human safety and efficacy studies.
The locally-developed GINHAWA is made possible through funding support from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD).
For more locally-developed technologies on COVID-19, visit http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/
- Written by Catherine Joy C. Dimailig
- Published: 27 April 2020