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Last Updated Wednesday May 24 2017 11:03 AM IST

These young innovators from Kerala have an idea & it can save a lot of babies

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Angamaly: A group of engineering students have designed a mobile incubator that costs only a tenth of the prices of machines currently available in the market.

The life-saving machine could be folded into the size of a briefcase. The incubator is also capable of recording the child’s pulse rate and oxygen level and texting the details to a mobile phone. Doctors or parents can also keep a tab on the temperature and moisture levels inside the incubator on their phone.

Incubators are instrumental in preventing infant mortality. They come particularly handy in cases of premature births or underweight infants. Most of the child deaths are caused by hypothermia, a condition when the body temperature drops, and incubators play a key role in such cases.

The incubator developed by the final-year mechanical engineering students of SCMS Engineering College at Karukutty costs only Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000, the innovators said. Established incubators cost above Rs 2 lakh.

The team of innovators includes Akhil Joseph, Akhil R Krishna, Akshay Raj and Binu Raj. They were mentored by their teacher M T Sijo and Dr Newton Louis, a senior pediatrician at the Dhanya Mission Hospital.

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