The government is looking up to local manufacturers to sharply ramp up production of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators to meet demand as the spread of Coronavirus pandemic persists.
Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina has however called on manufacturers to refine the products to meet global standards.
Speaking during the unveiling of a prototype ventilator manufactured by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers Automotive sector, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization Betty Maina commended local manufacturers saying the country is looking for a scenario of continued partnership even after the pandemic.
The CS said it was a race against time for the country to go ahead of the global health pandemic by raising the number of ventilators beyond 1000.
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Currently, Kenya urgently needs at least 1,511 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 1,609 ventilators to care for a possible one million Covid-19 cases.
On her part, KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga said pending approval by the Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenyan manufacturers were well on the way to meeting the country’s demand for health equipment during the global health crisis.
According to a study jointly carried out by researchers from the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Oxford University this month, only 13 percent of health facilities in the country have the crucial items to support a Covid-19 patient, including medicines, oxygen tubes, and inhalers.
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