NEW DELHI: The govt. is placing orders with companies for supply of ventilators and Agva Healthcare and Bharat Electronics will supply 40,000 ventilators used for coronavirus patients.
A statement by the Health Ministry said domestic manufacturer AgVa Healthcare in Noida has been successful to develop suitable ventilators and order of 10,000 ventilators has been placed.
Supplies are expected to commence by the second week of April. Additionally, an order for 30,000 ventilators has been placed to Bharat Electronics Limited which has plans to collaborate with domestic manufacturers for this endeavour. Indian auto manufacturers also are preparing to manufacture ventilators, the statement said.
Orders have also been placed with international companies like Hamilton, Mindray and Draeger to provide ventilators. Ministry of External Affairs is additionally approaching suppliers in China for sourcing 10,000 ventilators from them.
Ventilators are required for Covid-19 patients, as they have a tendency to develop acute respiratory disorder syndrome (ARDS). No more than 20 Covid-19 patients are on ventilator support at this moment. As against this, over 14,000 ventilators have been identified in various hospitals across the country for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
In order to fulfil the necessity of PPEs, masks and ventilators, factories producing essential items are working round the clock and ordnance factories are attempting to provide personal protective equipment for medical personnel. While Bharat Electronics Limited will be to manufacture ventilators, all drug companies have assured the govt. that there'll not be any shortage of medication during this crisis and even auto manufacturers are working to develop and produce ventilators.
Two domestic manufacturers are supplying N95 masks to the tune of 50,000 masks per day at the time, but are ramping up capacities to create 1 lakh masks per day within the coming week. DRDO is additionally collaborating with local manufacturers to supply about 20,000 N99 masks per day. This supply is also expected to become available in a week's time.