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Rosatom to sterilise over 58 million medical masks using radiation

FE Online Desk | Published: April 04, 2020 14:49:07 | Updated: April 06, 2020 10:31:17

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Sterion, a part of Rusatom Healthcare, has signed a contract with Delrus to sterilise more than 58 million medical masks using radiation technology. Rusatom Healthcare is a concern of Russia's state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, while Delrus supplies sterile masks to Russian medical facilities, according to a press release received on Saturday.

Masks need to be thoroughly sterilised before use because their inner lining comes in contact with users' mucous membranes, the statement added.

According to Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev, sterilisation using radiation technology ensures that medical equipment are processed safely and efficiently, which is especially important during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sterion has already processed first batch of 92,000 masks. The enterprise is now working round-the-clock, which enables it to sterilise up to 10 million marks per week.

Alexander Shibanov, CEO of Rusatom Healthcare informed that “Other Rosatom and non-Rosatom enterprises involved in the sterilisation of medical devices have already been enlisted in this endeavor.”

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