South African-made ventilators have gone into production as the country heads towards the peak of its infections.
According to BusinessTech, these are the first ventilators to be produced on the continent and will be ready for use in the next few weeks.
“Given the enormous global shortage of ventilators, a few months ago we started the National Ventilator Project (NVP), with the aim of rapidly facilitating local development and manufacturing of thousands of non-invasive ventilators,” Trade, Industry and Competition minister Ebrahim Patel said on Friday, 17 July.
The ventilators have received approval from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), meaning they have been tested and are safe to use.
The units will cost around R12 500 each. Funding for the production of the first 20 000 units has come from the Solidarity Fund. The Fund has already played a role in these ventilators development as they helped by contributing R11.3 million towards making the prototype.
Since the Fund has already given the money over for the first 10 000 units, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said they will be delivered over the next two months. The estimate is that the first 2 000 will be ready in the coming weeks, with more ready by mid-August and the rest by September.