Local production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has started in Ghana after the government selected and tasked some indigenous companies with the production capacities to produce these equipments to help protect health officials fronting the fight against this deadly coronavirus.
The selected companies for the mass production are Dignity DTRT, Sleek Garments, Cadling Fashions, and Alfie Designs Limited.
These companies were tasked to produce items such as face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns and headgears. They are also supposed to make use of fabrics from local companies such as ATL, Volta Star Textiles and GTP.
According to Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the Ghanaian Health Minister, the country will take delivery of 3.6 million masks from these companies in a week time. He also added that government is in the process of supporting more local companies to help boost production.
Aside Ghana, many other African countries are equally doing well in terms of innovations directed towards dealing with the recent outbreak. Governments across the continent must use this opportunity to support and create an enabling environment for these local companies to develop their production capacities to promote self-reliance.