Helping the fight against coronavirus

Health technology company Philips is increasing production of life-saving equipment needed to diagnose coronavirus (COVID-19) and treat people who have been infected. The company, which is headquartered in Amsterdam, plans to double its output of hospital ventilators within the next eight weeks, with the aim of making four times as many of the devices by the third quarter of 2020.

In a statement to Reuters, chief executive Fans van Houten said: “We currently make around a thousand ventilators per week and are looking to reach around 2,000 in the coming weeks. We will continue to increase production because we see an enormous demand.” Van Houten added that he had been in touch with the firm’s competitors, including Draeger and Medtronic, and had been told that they are also planning to increase production of the machines.

Hiring new employees to ramp up production

In addition to ventilators, Philips plans to increase the manufacturing of other items needed to treat coronavirus patients, including diagnostic imaging systems, vital signs monitors and software solutions that allow hospitals to monitor and manage people in intensive care units. In the coming weeks, Philips anticipates that it will hire additional manufacturing staff and move current employees to the production lines where they are most needed.

Supporting Amsterdam during the outbreak

For the latest information about coronavirus, advice on preventing infection and a breakdown of the safety measures in force, visit the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The website for the City of Amsterdam provides info in English and I amsterdam is providing updates as well. 

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