By Busisani Ncube
Morocco has shipped out consignments of locally manufactured and internationally approved medical supplies to 15 African countries.
The north African country this week dispatched eight million face masks, 900,000 visors, 600,000 hygiene caps, 60,000 medical coats, 30,000 litres of hydroalcoholic gel all manufactured locally.
“All the products and protective equipment part of the medical aid sent are manufactured by Moroccan companies and comply with the standards of the World Health Organization,” Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The supplies were sent out at the instruction of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
“It’s also composed of 75,000 packs of chloroquine and 15,000 packs of Azithromycin, two drugs used for the treatment of Covid-19.
The aid will benefit 15 African countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia,” the department said.
Since the world starting battling Covid-19, Moroccan companies have been producing medical supplies for Covid-19 to support the country to cut down on the imports of these equipment.
The move came as a relief as some countries like the United States and China put restrictions on exports of personal protective equipment to protect their people.
European Union, for instance, adopted a scheme recently to limit exports of medical supplies to other countries to ensure enough supply in the bloc.
The President of the European Union Ursula von der Leyen said at the time that the EU adopted an export authorisation scheme for protective equipment.
Africa has had fewer deaths than more developed regions of the world (Europe 183,775). The virus has claimed 6,806 lives in Africa, with South Africa the leading in mortalities at 1,568 as of Tuesday midday.
Africa has so far recorded 254,913 infections, compared to Europe’s 2,233,947.