Ever since Africans were given a taste of a slice of the cake called technology, we can’t seems to have enough. Being one of the fastest growing markets in terms of technology consumption, we are also making sure not to just be ‘eating’ up the world’s supply of tech but supplying ours into the stream too. It was therefore a thing of joy to hear that an African, Nigerian to be precise, has come up with a laudable invention that would change the face of healthcare in Africa and places where power outages are rampant or could unexpectedly occur, which makes it largely applicable almost anywhere and everywhere in the world.
The Nigerian student, Louise Jaiyeola Oduyoye, is a 21-Year old female currently studying at the University of Loughborough for a Masters Degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering created “NEVA”, a device that is similar to the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system for computers. This innovation, Neva, has been created to counter the issue of power outages in the operating room and beyond. Gone would then be the days when doctors would be performing an important operation and power outage would lead to complications such as loss of lives.
NEVA has been made to work with the medical equipment on ground and comes with a power-packed Lithium Ion battery which is capable of going over 60 charging cycles on the average.
Speaking to This Day, Jaiyeola has said that the invention was “developed for countries that have difficulty accessing uninterrupted power supplies so they can perform these surgeries in-country rather than fly people out.”