India's Innovative Strategies to Fight COVID-19

Necessity is the mother of invention.

How true is the quote in the time of COVID-19!

We humans are very innovative beings. Rain or shine we learn to survive.

India too is blessed to have innumerable innovative thinkers who work tirelessly to serve the nation with their amazing talent and creativity. In the current hard-hitting conditions too, they are not sitting idle and has innovated products that are proving useful in the fight against Covid-19.

Right now, we all are fighting with coronavirus through social distancing and obeying lockdowns at our respective locations. Most of us are washing and disinfecting almost everything that is coming home from outside.

Still we are not sure if we are doing it right or not.

To take you out of this dilemma IIT Ropar has developed a trunk like device that work with ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology. You need to place the device at your doorsteps. When you come home keep everything including grocery, milk packets, currency notes, any paper, your wallet, handkerchief, watch etc. inside the trunk.

It takes 30 minutes to sanitize all the items it contains. There is a 15 minutes cooling down period after which you can use them. It is said that once commercialized the device will be available at less than Rs. 500.

In this tough time entire world is coming up with alternatives that could take place of the traditionally used medical devices. Like many other countries India too has considered using bag valve masks (BVM) as a substitute for ventilators. These bag valve masks are used to provide breathing support for patients who can’t breathe on their own.

As Covid-19 is a respiratory illness, we need enough number of ventilators available. Bag valve masks (BVM) being portable, cost effective and easy to use without power supply are suitable alternative for expensive ventilators.

 

But BVMs are hand powered so they need to be redesigned to take up power from batteries to put them into continuous use.

In this crucial time, Start-ups and entrepreneurs from IIT Roorkee supporting the Government and the entire nation by amazing inventions. The most interesting thing is the time span in which these products got ready to use.

Have a look.

Pran Vayu, a low cost, portable closed-loop ventilator is developed by IIT Roorkee Professor Akshay Dwivedi and Professor Arup Das from the Department of Mechanical Engineering along with All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh. This ventilator can be monitored remotely and have a touch screen control for all its capabilities.

CoronaOven, from Log9 Materials, uses UV- C light with substantial design parameters to sanitize surfaces of regularly used objects. The technology is developed within two weeks of time.

Also, a cost effective, real time PCR and virus detection kit, developed by Test Right Solutions, is expected to speed up the number of tests conducted by enhancing hospitals and labs facilities.              

On a lighter but serious note I would like to mention some of our very own Indian hacks or JUGAAD.

We Indians are proud kings of jugaad. So let’s have a look how creative and adaptive we are.

Mr. Pankaj Gupta, founder of a Singapore based startup, collaborated with many volunteers across the nation to design and build a four-way ventilator splitter after taking inspiration from Alan Drummond who is a physician and coroner in United States.  The splitter makes it possible to use one ventilator for two to four people at a time.  Wow!

Based on a South Korean model our next hack is a phone booth made of glass panels and aluminum cabinet to collect oral swab samples without directly coming in contact with the person.

Person collecting samples use two arm-length neoprene rubber gloves fitted in the glass panel to collect sample from the person standing outside the booth. This innovation reduces requirement of masks, gloves and other protective gears as well as the risk exposure for health personnel.

How can we forget Nahru Khan, a mechanic by profession from Mandsaur city, Madhya Pradesh.  Nahru manufactured an automatic sanitation machine in just 2 days by watching YouTube. The interesting fact is that Nahru Khan has studied till 2nd standard only.  

A cashier from Bank of Baroda has come with a hot idea of receiving cheques from the customers with the help of tongs and ironing both sides of it to disinfect.

Not sure whether the idea is workable or not but hats off to the creativity!

Joining the queue of Indian hacks is decontamination and sanitizing tunnels. Keeping the spirit of jugaad high these tunnels are assembled and small vehicles are converted into boom sprayers to sanitize roads. These tunnels are placed in hospitals and public places to contain spread of COVID-19.

So friends these were the notable innovations and hacks we are using currently. I request you all to abide by all the rules set for our safety by the Government. This time too shall pass.

I hope you enjoyed the read.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

 

References

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/corona-iit-develops-uv-technology-fitted-trunk-for-homes-to-sanitise-grocery-itemscurrency-notes/articleshow/75079578.cms

https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/covid-19-shortage-of-ventilators-iit-team-pitches-bag-valve-mask-as-alternative-1661659-2020-03-31

https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2020/apr/09/iit-roorkee-startups-tackle-covid-19-through-innovative-technologies-2128037.html

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/coronavirus-pandemic-indian-collaborators-employ-jugaad-to-beat-ventilator-shortage-5090451.html

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/ironing-away-the-coronavirus-this-banker-has-found-a-desi-jugaad-to-clean-the-cheques-2567803.html

Comments (6) -

  • This is really nice Article and informative.
  • Sid
    Insightful. Thanks for sharing as it does infuse huge positive energy. More power to innovators.
  • Thanks for your valuable feedback sir...
  • Nicely written and thought provoking.
  • Very interesting write-up that nicely showcases and summarises home-grown solutions and the untapped ingenuity
  • For me it's a really good initiative to help millions suffering from the disease or living close to the range of this virus.
    I think a lot of liitle steps can make a change.

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