Kenya’s 1st ever locally manufactured ventilator has been certified by the standards bureau as a demonstration of the local manufacturing sector’s capacity.
The ventilator, dubbed Pumuaishi 3.0, was developed by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers’ (KAM) Automotive Sector, led by Mutsimoto Limited.
It was unveiled in April this year and has been undergoing standards evaluation for certification at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
The ICU ventilator can be used by both pediatrics and adults weighing up to 180 kilograms. It can also run for at least 24 hours without power and can run on solar energy. The ventilator will now be patented and produced for both local and international markets.
“Pumuaishi 3.0 has been made from locally sourced raw materials, with the involvement of experts from the Ministry of Health, Kenyatta National Hospital, and KEBS. The invention brought together local experts from various fields, including programmers, Biomedical engineers, doctors and automotive engineers to develop,” KAM Automotive Sector Chair and Mutsimoto Motor Company CEO, Ashit Shah said.
KAM Chief Executive, Ms Phyllis Wakiaga, lauded the Sector for the initiative and urged Kenyans and the government to purchase locally produced goods.
“By buying Kenyan products, consumers widen the local market, increase liquidity, and provide greater opportunities for innovations.”