(MENAFN- Nam News Network)
by Mahmoud Fouly
CAIRO, Jun 10 (NNN-XINHUA) – Local, regional and global medical companies, showcased their latest products, services and innovations, at the second edition of Africa Health ExCon, the largest healthcare exhibition in Africa, aiming to explore the great potential and opportunities in the African market.
Themed“Your Gate to Innovation and Trade,” the just-concluded expo at Egypt International Exhibition Centre in the capital, Cairo, gathered hundreds of exhibitors from around 90 countries, including Egypt, the U.S., Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and China.
“Through participating in Africa Health ExCon, we are keen to tell African countries that, Egypt produces medical supplies with a globally competitive quality,” Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian exhibitor, told Xinhua.
Ahmed Salah is a regional sales manager of Euromed, an Egyptian medical device manufacturer. He said, his company produces tens of different types of medical supplies and exports them to 45 countries across the world, including Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Uganda, and Mali.
The company's booth exhibited homemade products, including disposable needles, injection syringes, medical tubes, like cannulas and catheters, oxygen masks, and nebulizer masks.
At another hall, a large booth of China's medical manufacturer, Comen Medical Instruments Co Ltd. was buzzing with visitors, who were attracted by the company's various devices, particularly its latest infant radiant warmer machine.
Zhang Wei, Comen's regional sales director for Africa, said, the company provides solutions in neonatal and general intensive care units and operating room scenarios, and opened a branch office in Egypt last year, after seeing potential in the growing Egyptian and African markets.
Beijing-based Star Sports Medicine, another Chinese participant, displayed a variety of sports medicine instruments, primarily used in clinical procedures, such as sutures and threads, limb-positioning devices, and tibial fixation buttons.
Medical conferences and workshops, on the sideline of the expo, attracted health professionals including physicians, medical engineers, hospital operators and even medical students.
Mariam Abdullah Mahmoud, a Somalian, studying medicine at Egypt's Ain Shams University, said, she came to the expo“to see how medicine has progressed on our continent.”
“The exhibition provided a platform for African health professionals to interact, connect, unite, and exchange and share knowledge to improve healthcare in Africa,” she added.
As for Ahmed El-Aref, an Egyptian medical engineer and owner of a medical equipment maintenance company, the fair provided a window into“the latest technologies in medical devices” and a good opportunity to foster business ties.
Among the participants were also some global medical giants such as Germany's Siemens and France's Thuasne.
Thuasne featured a number of orthopedic braces and medical compression garments, including knee supports, dynamic ankle-foot orthoses, lumbar belts, and wrist splints.
“We come to this event to find new distributors and partners in Egypt and Africa,” Laurent Ponsard, Thuasne's area sales manager for the Middle East and Africa, told Xinhua.
“I am quite pleased with the large number of visitors. We also see big companies participating, which is a good sign, indicating that the market here is dynamic,” Ponsard said.
The event was mainly organised by the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply, and the Management of Medical Technology, known as UPA.
Mary Kirollos, director of UPA's Central Administration of Health Technology Management, stressed that, Egypt is committed to playing a positive role in the healthcare sector in Africa.
“Egypt seeks to make the expo an annual hub, where healthcare firms and institutions can meet, communicate and exchange trade, knowledge and technology,” the UPA official said.– NNN-XINHUA