COVID-19: Locally produced ventilators expected soon

COVID-19: Locally produced ventilators expected soon

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the first ventilators produced in South Africa - will come off the assembly line in Cape Town soon.

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The ventilators are being manufactured by the SA National Ventilator Project. They will complement the existing stock in public and private healthcare sectors.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande spoke about the project during the virtual National Covid-19 Conference yesterday.

He made a presentation on behalf of the president, who could not be there.

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"A number of South African innovators have taken up the challenge of responding to the need for COVID-19 solutions. Bulk producing sanitizers, developing self-screening assessment tools among others", he said.

"This pandemic must be a clarion call for African nations to invest in what is already a vibrant Pan-African ecosystem", Nzimande said.

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