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Making 15,000 ventilators to help Vietnam in COVID-19 combat

14:50 | 01/04/2020

Japanese medical equipment firm Metran Co., Ltd plans to make 15,000 ventilators for Vietnam to help the country fight against the novel coronavirus, Founder and Chairman Tran Ngoc Phuc said in a statement to VNS. 

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Trần Ngọc Phúc (L) is Founder and Chairman of Metran Co., Ltd in Japan. (Photo: VNA)

Japanese medical equipment firm Metran plans to make 15,000 ventilators for Việt Nam to help the country combat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which is ravaging the globe, according to Founder and Chairman Trần Ngọc Phúc.

Metran has received orders for ventilators from many countries, including Japan, but the company’s capacity is limited so it is working with the world’s leading consulting firms to legally share design specifications of its ventilators to other producers to boost production capacity, said Phúc, a Vietnamese – Japanese national.

Metran will transfer its patent to a partner in Việt Nam to produce about 15,000 ventilators for the Vietnamese market.

According to the founder, his company is confronting a shortage of workers and components for production, but is working to fix these issues.

At full capacity, the firm can produce 5,000–10,000 ventilators per month, Phúc said.

Metran Co., Ltd, based in Saitama, was founded by Phúc in 1984, 16 years after he left Việt Nam to begin studying industrial chemistry at Tokai University in Japan.

The company has developed a high frequency oscillatory ventilator (HFO), named Hummingbird. Metran’s HFO allows for diffusion of air supply at a rate thousands of times faster than other machines.

From a heavy “mechanical beast” the effectiveness of which has been recognised by the renowned US National Institute of Health (NIH), the device has undergone several revisions – with the latest sporting a slimmer body and a full touch control panel.

The new machine’s efficiency has ensured its widespread presence in Japan, with a reported 90 per cent of Japanese hospitals and medical facilities being outfitted with machines made by Phúc’s company. The paediatric ventilator is also present in hospitals in 12 other countries and continues to expand its global presence.

In response to the appeal of the Party General Secretary and President, the government, the Vietnam Central Fatherland Front Committee to join hand in the fight against the novel coronavirus, Van Thinh Phat Corp and Van Lang University will finance 2,000 ventilators for the efforts against the new coronavirus.

1,000 ventilators will be distributed to medical facilities in Hanoi and 1,000 ventilators will be given to hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City.

Humming Plus ventilators were made by Japanese Metran Company with its plant in the Southern Province of Binh Duong specializing in medical equipment, especially artificial ventilators, anaesthesia devices, and respiratory monitors.

Covid-19 patients can develop breathing difficulties, potentially needing access to a ventilator; therefore, hospitals need more ventilators.

Chairman of Metran Company, Mr. Kazufuku NITTA ( Vietnamese name Tran Ngoc Phuc), is a Vietnamese man. He wished to manifest his love to Vietnam, promising to supply 2,000 ventilators as soon as possible. Metran Company will give 2,000 ventilators within two months to satisfy the present need.

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