Pharmacies are supplied daily with 4.5 million protective masks in recent days, said Tuesday in Rabat the Minister of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, stressing that seven millions of units are available in stocks.
In response to a central question in the House of Councilors, Elalamy noted that the Moroccan Institute for Standardization (IMANOR) has established, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, a series of standards for the production of masks so that they are not harmful to health. These masks are produced only under license, after verification of the quality of the fabric and the producing company, he explained.
“To produce these masks, the choice was made for factories equipped with the equipment and machinery necessary for this purpose,” said the minister, adding that the number of producing companies has gone from 17 to 32 today. According to him, the masks are made from washable fabric and can be reused for a week.
“Morocco has managed to produce seven million masks when it did not,” told Elalamy, who said there is a surplus of 20 to 30 boxes of masks in pharmacies today.
Regarding their export, he said that this issue is the subject of debates in the direction of stimulating the Moroccan economy, while ensuring the availability of masks in stock.
Talking about artificial respirators, the minister noted that the supervisory department is currently working alongside doctors for a transition to phase III, noting that “there will be a gradual manufacturing of high-level devices, including announcement will be made soon”.
Regarding the manufacture of hydro-alcoholic antiseptics, the official said that with the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), these disinfectants were not available since ethanol was not produced in Morocco because of the fire that occurred 8 months ago in the company that produced it.
In this context, he said that the ministry had joined forces to restart the plant, adding that now 240 hectoliters of ethanol is produced every day.