Under research and development efforts by the Turkish National Education Ministry, a high school near Turkey’s southern border succeeded in producing a medical ventilator critical in treating COVID-19, an official said on Thursday.

In Turkey’s southern-most Hatay province, Sehit Serkan Talan Vocational and Technical High School will begin mass production of the breathing assistance machines after the device is registered, Mahmut Ozer, deputy national education minister, told Anadolu Agency.

Underlining that the ministry supports such research and development activities at high schools to fight the pandemic, Ozer noted that on a previous occasion, another high school had successfully manufactured

Read more: Turkey: Border town school produces medical ventilator