Morocco has begun building its own ventilators with oxygen masks, with 500 expected to be prepared by mid-April to help meet the demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Industry Ministry stated.
The North African kingdom has registered 1,431 cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 105 deaths, and is seeking to boost the number of its intensive care beds to 3,000 from 1,640.
The pandemic has led to a global shortage of ventilators and other medical tools.
Morocco’s Industry Ministry has asked aeronautics and electronics suppliers in the nation to manufacture both non-invasive ventilators, where an oxygen mask is secured over the patient’s face and invasive models where a tube feeds oxygen straight to a sedated affected person’s lungs.
The first 500 non-invasive ventilators shall be prepared in about a week, the ministry stated in an e-mail.
It labored with a bunch of other firms, coordinated by the Business Ministry and with the help from the Health Ministry and different public bodies.
The federal government, which has placed a lockdown to arrest the spread of the disease, mentioned last month it had earmarked $200 million to buy tools and medicine to prepare for the crisis.
Doctors and engineers from public institutions helped build the non-invasive ventilator that’s already under manufacturing, capable of 3,000 hours of use, and the Health Ministry accredited the design.