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COVID-19 Africa: Morocco aims to be self sufficient in ventilator, personal protective gear

In order to be self sufficient in the highly demanded medical equipment’s to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Morocco is seeking local production by ensuring collaboration of stakeholders.

A group of aeronautics enterprises as well as researchers, doctors and electronic engineers cooperated to produce a first prototype last month that will serve as a basis to improve a more sophisticated version of the Moroccan ventilator, designed to save lives by pumping oxygenated air to the lings of coronavirus patients. The equipment’s are produced according to rigorous aeronautic standards the industry ministry confirmed.

Research is also ongoing to produce more sophisticated ventilators that use intubation.

The North African country has also increased its mask production capacity to hit 5 million in few days, enough to supply the domestic market with export prospects, the industry minister Moulay Hafid EL Alamy told reporters.

Moroccan companies are also producing sanitizers, gloves and protective gear for medical staff to help the country secure self sufficiency in the highly demanded medical equipment’s worldwide.

Morocco now has 1545 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 111 deaths and 146 recoveries.

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