Egypt obtains French insulin materials in bid to be self-sustaining

This insulin will then be provided inside the Health Ministry's hospitals for all patients for free, according to the ministry's pharmaceutical department

In an industry first, Egypt has managed to obtain high-quality French raw material to manufacture insulin locally. This insulin will then be provided inside the Health Ministry's hospitals for all patients for free, according to the ministry's pharmaceutical department.

"We aim to provide the market needs of vital medicines, including Sedico's Insulin, especially those of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Population, according to the best quality standards in the world," said Olfat Ghorab, Chairman of the Health Ministry's Arab Company for Drug Industries and Medical Appliances (ACDIMA).

Ghorab added that the drive to upgrade the sourcing of raw materials comes from the desire to raise the quality of the local products and provide the best treatment services to Egyptian patients, in accordance with the directives of the political leadership and in full coordination with the Ministry of Health.

Egypt Today reported on the story saying that ACDIMA provided insulin with American quality last year in the health markets and hospitals.

ACDIMA provided insulin with American quality last year

ACDIMA’s Mohamed Khattab said that 210,000 insulin vials made of French materials have been made available in the private market and hospitals since the beginning of this year. He added that Egypt has exported this insulin to five other countries.

In addition to Insulin, Egypt has also been working to manufacture products locally in various fields.

Self-sufficiency

The Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) and the Ministry of Health have signed a protocol of cooperation. The protocol sets out that they should work towards achieving self-sufficiency of self-destructing syringes and providing all advanced medical equipment for the Ministry of Health.

Head of the AOI, Abdel Moneim al-Tarras, stressed the importance of participating in enhancing local industrialisation in accordance with the directives of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. This directive aims to transfer and localise technology and increase local medical industries.

Directive aims to transfer and localise technology and increase local medical industries

Minister of Health, Hala Zayed, praised AOI efforts to increase the local manufacturing rates in the medical industries, lauding its commitment to the delivery dates and after-sales service matching international quality standards.

The Egyptian outlet went on to report that the AOI has also signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea-based SepraTek membrane manufacturing company to help enhance Egypt's national production in the field of water desalination.

South Korea-based SepraTek will help enhance Egypt's national production of water desalination

Tarras explained that the areas of cooperation with SepraTek include transferring technical expertise, localising technology, and training cadres for the purpose of designing, developing and manufacturing membrane production lines and producing pressure vessels in desalination plants by reverse osmosis system.

Tarras explained that the South Korean company will train engineers and technicians on manufacturing, assembling, and testing of products in accordance with quality requirements.

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