At a time where the country struggles to breathe, a story of small hope arrives from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. A 60-year-old Kashmiri man from Bandipora has developed the prototype of an oxygen concentrator. Mohammad Ismail Mir has designed an affordable prototype of an oxygen concentrator at home and claims that if this prototype is approved, it can help thousands of COVID patients gasping for oxygen as this locally made prototype can mitigate the shortage. His creation has earned him the title of ‘Newton’ among the locals.
When asked about the number of people the prototype will be able to support, he said, “It will depend on the kind of compressor and filter we use. For one person we will use small ones and for more patients, the parts will have to be accordingly modified,” he said.
At a time when there is a dire need for oxygen concentrators, many have said with fine-tuning, such locally made prototypes can mitigate the shortage.
Mohammad Ismail said the oxygen concentrator prototype that he has made will cost something between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000, and he hopes someone will take the project forward.
Mohammad Ismail has studied till Class 12 and had to drop out due to financial conditions at home, but he always had a penchant for scientific innovations.During the first wave of Covid-19, he had designed a prototype of an automatic ventilator. His work was widely appreciated. In 2008, he designed a lantern with a motion sensor with a fire alarm installation.