Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has certified the first-ever locally manufactured ventilator to be patented and produced for both local and export markets.
The ventilator, dubbed Pumuaishi 3.0, developed by Kenya Association of Manufacturers’ (KAM) Automotive Sector led by Mutsimoto Limited was unveiled in April this year and has been undergoing standards evaluation for certification at KEBS.
Speaking while handing over the calibration certificate Friday, KEBS Director of Metrology and Testing, Dr Henry Rotich noted that standardization body has supported the manufacturer in developing the ventilator prototype for usage.
“We have worked together to improve Pumuaishi 3.0, to ensure that it can compete on the same level with those from other countries,” remarked Dr Rotich.
KAM Automotive Sector Chair and Mutsimoto Motor Company CEO, Ashit Shah, lauded the government’s support towards the development of the ventilator.
He added that the certification of Pumuaishi 3.0 is a demonstration of the local manufacturing sector’s capacity and potential to be self-sufficient, saying, the device has been made from locally sourced raw materials, with the involvement of experts from the Ministry of Health, Kenyatta National Hospital and KEBS.”
He stated that they developed Pumuaishi 3.0, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ventilator, which can be used on both paediatrics and adults weighing up to 180kgs.
“This ventilator can go for a minimum of 24 hours without power, making it efficient in the event of power outages. It can also be charged using solar power, so it can be used in an ambulance,” noted Shah.
KAM Chief Executive, Phyllis Wakiaga, lauded the sector for the initiative and urged Kenyans and the government to purchase locally produced goods.
“Local industry has continuously demonstrated its ability to supply goods and services of superior quality. We shall continue working with the government on the Buy Kenya Build Kenya initiative, to continue promoting the local manufacturing sector to make Kenya the region’s export hub.”
In doing so, Wakiaga said, the Country can indirectly promote the economic growth of the country, further urging Kenyans to consume local content.
“As citizens, we must be deliberate about the consumption of locally made products for the sake of our country’s present and future economic sustainability. By buying Kenyan products, consumers widen the local market, increase liquidity and provide greater opportunities for innovations,” she said.
The invention brought together local experts from various fields, including programmers, Biomedical engineers, doctors and automotive engineers to develop.
Some of the companies that provided key experts in the development of the ventilator are Mutsimoto Motor Company, Mobius Motors, Kenyatta National Hospital and the Aga Khan University among others.