On a battered workbench using makeshift materials, Farouk Sharaf, an electrical engineer in Gaza, puts the finishing touches to his home-made ventilator.
The mechanical device, made of a self-inflating ambu bag valve mask and metal piston, looks disarmingly rudimentary – but it works.
Once it is perfected and tested by health ministry officials, the 36-year-old specialist plans to build at least 100 machines to save lives amid an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the besieged Palestinian enclave.
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