WATCH: HH the Amir inspects production of ventilators at Barzan Holding Company
Qatar's leadership continues to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In addition to laying out strict preventive and precautionary measures to curb the spread of the disease, the leadership and competent authorities have also made sure the country has enough medical facilities, equipment and workforce to meet this challenge.
Earlier this month, His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani visited a number of factories of medical products and supplies in the small and medium industries zone in the Industrial Area to assess the production progress of medical products and supplies and their adequacy to meet local market needs, given the current situation.
Yesterday, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited the Research and Development Center at Barzan Holding Company affiliated with the Ministry of Defense to inspect the production lines for the manufacturing of the Savr-Q ventilators.
The center is located at the company's headquarters in the Qatar Science and Technology Park.
The production of these ventilators follows from HH the Amir's directives and is part of the country's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 challenge.
During the visit, HH the Amir was explained about the production lines of the Savr-Q ventilators.
Barzan will produce the respirators through a strategic partnership with the American company, Wilcox, to cover the requirements of Qatar's health sectors, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
The products will also be exported abroad to meet the global demand for respirators, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These will serve as essential medical devices in the treatment of those affected by COVID-19.
According to QNA, Barzan is set to produce 2000 of these products every week.
While visiting the company, HH the Amir also met with some Qatari engineers who have been working on creating devices that are in line with the standards of the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
HE Qatar's PM as well as a number of their excellencies, ministers and senior officials, accompanied HH the Amir on the visit.
أثناء زيارتي اليوم لمركز البحوث والتطوير التابع لوزارة الدفاع اطلعت على أجهزة التنفس الاصطناعي التي نجح مهندسونا في تطويرها بالتعاون مع شركائنا الاستراتيجيين، والتي تمس الحاجة إليها هذه الأيام بسبب وباء كورونا. pic.twitter.com/q1wABqwSod— تميم بن حمد (@TamimBinHamad) April 29, 2020
HH the Amir said the following in a tweet on his official Twitter page.
"During my visit today to the Research and Development Center of the Ministry of Defense, I got acquainted with the artificial ventilators that our engineers have succeeded in developing in cooperation with our strategic partners, which are urgently needed these days due to the Corona epidemic."
Meanwhile, health authorities in Qatar continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.
For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.
Here's everything you need to know about the virus, including ways to protect yourself.
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