Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank noted that one of the most important pillars of the fight against the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) is the test kits, and the test kit used by the Ministry of Health was developed by a local company. Varank reported that 13 companies in contact with the ministry produced test kits and exported to more than 50 countries.
Stating that citizens want to be a standard in fabric masks that they receive for money, Varank said, “We have published standards on bacterial filtration efficiency, breathability rates and microbial cleaning levels that determine all items related to the design, fabric and protection of the mask.” said.
BEZ MASK STANDARD
Minister Varank made evaluations about the agenda in the “Beyond Day” program on TRT Radio-1. Stating that masks are very important for both personal and community health during the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic, Varank stated that disposable surgical masks are more prevalent in the market.
Explaining that washable cloth masks were also on the agenda during this period, Varank said, “There was a need to establish a standard so that this work could be carried out in a healthy way, there was no confusion in people's minds and cloth masks could be used safely. Here we want a standard in fabric masks that citizens receive for money. We have published standards on bacterial filtration efficiency, breathability rates, and microbial cleanliness, which determine all items related to the mask's design, fabric and protection. ” used expressions.
THE POSTER WILL BE SIGNED
Pointing out that citizens should pay attention to these criteria in their shopping together with the standards introduced, Varank said that producers can put a mark that shows that the standards in question are in their products. Pointing out that it is not compulsory to make certification from the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE), Varank stated that they require the washing of fabric masks at least 5 times under the standards.
40 MILLION MASKS PER DAY
Noting that in Turkey about 800 company Varank surgical mask manufacturer, said the well could produce 40 million masks per day installed capacity. Varank stated that the filters of the N95 and N99 masks used by people in the high risk group are not imported at the moment, “We have commissioned the TÜBİTAK MAM Materials Institute for the production of this filter. We also contacted our teachers at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) MEMTEK - National Membrane Technologies Research Center. We took an initiative and managed to produce the filters of these N95 and N99 masks in our two institutions. ” spoke in the form.
one of the most important pillars of the test kits pointed out that the fight against the epidemic Varank, said there was an infrastructure that makes the production of microbiological testing machines in Turkey. Explaining that private sector firms are working on the production of test kits used in this regard, Varank stated that the test kit used by the Ministry of Health was developed by a local company. Stating that there are no capacity problems in this regard, Varank said that 13 companies in contact with the ministry produced test kits and were exported to more than 50 countries.
LOCAL RESPIRATORY PRODUCTION
Also mentioning the production process of the domestic respirator, Varank pointed out that there are demands from abroad regarding the respirator. Varank said, “We have a big list. Currently, our companies, Ministry of Health and ASELSAN are doing their preparations for export, and we will get results in the coming days. We have opened the way for exports since there is no need for domestic breathing devices in our country. ” said.
PROTECTION OF THE HEALTH OF THE EMPLOYEES
Stating that with the decrease of the epidemic, the industries that started operating again and started production, Varank said, “Together with TSE, we have prepared a study called Hygiene Infection Prevention and Control Guide. In the upcoming period, industrial institutions will be able to obtain a document regarding Hygiene Infection Prevention and Control, provided that they meet the necessary conditions. This is a stage we will implement in the coming period. We will publish this guide this week. From the business to the departure, the relationship with the suppliers, the use of service, and the dining room hygiene, this guide will be in this guide. ” found in the description.