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Friday, August 27, 2021

Oxygen for COVID-19 treatment: the contribution of the Camagüey Sorbitol Factory 



Camagüey, Aug 27.- The Sorbitol Factory, in the Camagüey municipality of Florida, has been producing oxygen with medicinal use for some days, after the recovery of a compressor that had not worked for 17 years, and the tests to guarantee the quality of the gas and its relevance to human health.

Ángel Joseph Marshall, director of the plant, the only one of its kind in Cuba, assured Cuban Radio that based on this result they seek stability in the productions, to evaluate the real scope of the work carried out by a group of mechanics and innovators, quite a feat considering the need for such a product for treating COVID-19 patients.

Through the local branch of the AzCuba Sugar Group Logistics Company, known as AZUMAT, the Sorbitol plant markets medicinal oxygen with the Industrial Gases Base Business Unit and, together with other organizations, proceeds to distribute it to healthcare centers, according to Marlene Rodríguez Aguiar, main specialist of the technical group of that entity.

The recovery of the compressor was possible thanks to the ingenuity of workers from the central Argentina and the 60th Anniversary Workshops, with the mechanic William Peláez Sardiñas in charge, who values ​​the approximate cost of these tasks at 91 thousand pesos.

Oxygen had already been produced before, but for industrial purposes, which also affects the economic management of the factory, according to its director.

Founded on August 23, 1993, the industry, belonging to the Ignacio Agramonte plant, is today in an investment process in 16 construction objects, with an advance of 78 percent of execution.

In addition to sorbitol, refined fructose, flavored syrup and fructooligosaccharides are obtained there, which are indistinctly used to make cosmetics, toothpaste, medicines, soft drinks and other uses for the food, pharmaceutical and health industries. (Juan Mendoza Medina / Radio Cadena Agramonte)