At least 169 local manufacturers have been approved to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Out of the 169 manufacturers cleared by the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, 106 will produce face masks while 63 will produce protective clothing.
According to the Principal Secretary State Department for Industrialization Dr Francis Owino, the permits of three firms have been withdrawn by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) due to quality issues in the market.
“No new permit has been processed as KEBS is currently focusing more on enforcement for compliance,” said Dr Owino.
In a statement sent to KNA, the PS also announced that Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital has also been given clearance by the Ethical Review Committee to do clinical trials of the ventilators they manufactured, and the process of starting the trials is currently on-going at the institution.
Dedan Kimathi University, Mutsimoto and Mobius companies have also been given a go-ahead to manufacture ventilators, of which they have submitted their samples for electrical and calibration performance testing from KEBS.
In a bid to promote local industries in the country, the government has been encouraging manufacturing industries to take advantage of the opportunity to produce PPEs.