The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa is exacerbated by poor health systems and ill-equipped facilities in most parts of the continent.

One medical equipment that has assumed star status in the wake of the current pandemic is ventilators. They are basically breathing machines that facilitate breathing in cases of respiratory failures. They buy time for especially chronic sufferers of the coronavirus as medics work on treatment.

The tallies of ventilators per most African nations are worrying low according to experts and officials. In Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, doctors were recently given training on the use of ventilators in an Addis Ababa hospital.