Top regional surgical glove maker aims to double outputLed by Dr. Aceng, (fourth left), the visitors witnessed first-hand the production of the gloves, manufactured in both surgical and examination variants, and saw the extensive testing, packaging, and waste management facilities in place.
East and Central Africa’s only surgical and examination gloves maker plans to increase output and subsequently add syringes, catheters and condoms to its product range by 2023.
East African Medical Vitals (EAMV) operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in the Namanve Industrial Park on the outskirts of central Kampala and recently hosted several top officials from the Ministry of Health on a familiarization tour. Current production stands at 5000 pairs per hour, and the factory runs on a 24-hour basis. This capacity is to be doubled by mid next year.
Ben Kavuya, the EAMV Executive Chairman said, “The initiative to construct and bring into operation this manufacturing plant was borne by the need, as is seen in healthcare systems all over our continent. It was to stop the unnecessary and preventable injury and death many of our people suffer simply because something as basic as a pair of gloves was not available. We are here to take care of those basics, and we have the capacity to do so.”
The Health team was led by the Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and included Dr. Diana Atwiine, the Permanent Secretary, alongside Commissioner Dr. Charles Olaro (Curative Services), Dr. Jackson Amone (Clinical Services) and Dr. Neville Okuma (Pharmaceutical and Natural Medicine). Dr. David Nahamya, Secretary to the National Drug Authority (NDA), was also part of the team.
EAMV officials told the visitors the facility is in a position to supply a wide range of consumables for the small clinic to the largest referral hospital. This will help boost the continent’s medical care capacity, save the lives and improve the working environment of our health staff. The company is already several government medical facilities.
The visitors witnessed first-hand the production of the gloves, manufactured in both surgical and examination variants, and saw the extensive testing, packaging, and waste management facilities in place.
EAMV officials said their gloves are of the highest standard, latex, non-sterile, powder-free, hand-specific, and in a variety of sizes. They guarantee a perfect, comfortable fit and ensure that both the medical personnel and the patients are safe and secure. The gloves also possess high tensile properties and will withstand extensive use during lengthy medical procedures.