Nigerian hospitals are no strangers to not having light supply at inappropriate times. In fact, most Nigerian doctors (up to 80%) have had a reason to repair an episiotomy, set an IV line or carry out an official duty with a torch or phone light.... yes it's that serious.
All the same,, there's good news. O yes!
A 21 year-old Nigerian, Louise Jaiyeola Oduyoye has developed a mobile medical battery called Neva which provides backup electricity to surgical theatres. The device is rather similar to the regular UPS (uninterruptible power supply) but is more dynamic in that it can be adapted to advanced situations. Neva contains replaceable lithium ion battery packs with enough power output to power critical machines during surgeries and reduce the risks associated with power outages.
Oduyoye is a Mechanical Engineering student at Loughborough University where she is pursuing her Master’s degree. Neva was a product of her completion of the requirements for obtaining her first degree in Product Design Engineering at the University of Derby.
In a comment about her invention, Louise said Neva was “developed for countries that have difficulty accessing uninterrupted power supplies so they can perform these surgeries in their country rather than fly people out.”
I think we need more Nigerians like her. You go girl!!
But please make something for outside the theatres too. There are several parts of a hospital where uninterrupted power supply is much needed like the emergency and labour rooms (wards, pharmacy, laboratory....actually everywhere in the hospital).
Imagine a road traffic accident victim arrives at the hospital at night. The doctor will need a good light source to set an IV line quickly, the laboratory scientist requires power to carry out investigations such as an urgent blood cell count (packed cell volume); if there are any stitches required, you can imagine it'd be much faster when the doctor sees clearly.
So thank you for thinking of hospitals Oduyoye. We're proud of you !