The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has released five new standards to guide the manufacturing of nebulisers, sanitisation booths and face shields to boost the fight against Covid-19.

The Publicly Available Specification KPAS 2920:2020 provides the minimum specification for sanitisation booths used by people either walking around or through them.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Kebs Managing Director Bernard Njiraini said the sanitisation booths would be used in public places such as hospitals, supermarkets, and open marketplaces to stem the spread of the Covid-19.

“By prescribing the construction, performance, and safety requirements for the manufacture of sanitisation booths, local manufacturers stand guided to rapidly manufacture and supply safe products,” he said.

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The standardisation body has also approved Publicly Available Specification KPAS 2919:2020 that gives the minimum specifications for face shields as protective gear for healthcare service providers.

“As additional protection, face shields complement the use of facemasks, goggles, hoods, among other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), to offer protective benefit to medical personnel, and at the same time protect patients receiving treatment,” he added.

The approved standard will guide manufacturers on the key requirements of a face shield in line with concepts of face protection devices, construction, performance and safety requirements.

Three Kenya Standards for nebuliser machines, which help in the dispensation of medicines in mist or spray form that are pivotal in providing respiratory assistance to patients during emergencies, have also been approved.

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The five standards bring to a total of 16 standards for free access to interested parties, including manufacturers and the public.

Other standards earlier released include specifications for instant hand sanitisers, critical care ventilators, surgical face masks, reusable cloth masks, single-use medical examination gloves, single-use sterile rubber surgical gloves, protective clothing used by health workers, health care aprons and overalls.

Kebs, whose mandate includes facilitating fair trade, has been guiding local manufacturers through sessions on the applicable standards for the PPEs with consistent calls for strict adherence to the quality standards.

It has also ramped up market surveillance to ensure consumers receive quality PPEs and other products for use in the war against Covid-19.

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Zablon Ondari

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