Morocco to manufacture indigenous ventilators with oxygen masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a dearth of medical equipment across the globe that has significantly challenged the health care system of various countries.

In order to mitigate the challenges at hand, Morocco has started manufacturing its own ventilators with oxygen masks. The Industry Ministry said that by mid-April about 500 ventilators are expected to be ready.

Morocco has decided to raise the number of its intensive care beds from 1,640 to 3,000. The Morocco Government had allocated $200 million to buy equipment and medicine to prepare for the crisis in March.

The Health Ministry has approved the design of the non-invasive ventilator that is already under production, capable of 3,000 hours of use. The design was made with the help of doctors and engineers from public institutions.

Badre Jaafar, Director of SERMP, a Casablanca-based company that supplies parts to French aircraft engine maker Safran said, “We use locally supplied material available here and we will continue to produce ventilators depending on Morocco’s needs”.

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