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This Nigerian doctor runs his hospital on corn cobs and used bike parts

Posted on Nov 30, 2013

Original on PRI’s The World

Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi inspects the autoclaves at his clinic in Eruwa, Nigeria. The autoclaves, which sterilize surgical equipment, are made from recycled propane cylinders.

“For me, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as it’s functional,” says Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi, who founded his hospital 27 years ago on that very philosophy.
What keeps his hospital running — and growing — are cheap, simple devices that he designs and makes himself. “I’m using materials readily available in my backyard,” he says. You raise and lower the clinic’s operating table not with electronic controls, but with a jack like the one you would use to change a car tire. His blood centrifuge, which separates plasma from red blood cells, is made from used bike parts.