Government Places Ventilator Orders With Indian Companies Under Make In India Initiative; 3000 Units Distributed To Hospitals
As a part of the Make In India initiative, the Central Government has started distributing ventilators to hospitals assigned to fight COVID-19.
The Central Government has started distributing ventilators to hospitals across the country to fight against the ongoing pandemic, as a part of the Make In India initiative. Until now, around 3,000 domestic ventilators have been distributed between the states. Ventilators are life-saving medical equipment required for COVID-19 patients, as some of them tend to develop acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS). “So far, at least 3,000 country-made ventilators have been distributed to states, which will be placed in various hospitals; few are under dispatch,” a senior government official confirmed to ANI. The official further said that in the coming days, the domestic production of ventilators is going to speed up.
The major domestic players manufacturing these ventilators include Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in collaboration with Skanray. These companies were given orders for 30,000 ventilators. Along with this, domestic manufacturer AgVa (in collaboration with automobile company Maruti Suzuki Limited) was asked for a consignment of 10,000 ventilators. The AMTZ (AP Medtech Zone) received orders for about 13,500 units. Besides them, another Indian firm, Jyoti CNC, got orders to develop 5,000 ventilators. Orders have been placed to international companies like Hamilton, Mindray, and Draeger to supply ventilators. The Ministry of External Affairs is also approaching suppliers in China to source 10,000 ventilators from them.
On 13 May, the Central Government said in its press statement, “For augmenting the infrastructure to tackle COVID-19 cases across the country, 50,000 ‘Made In India’ ventilators will be purchased from PM CARES Fund at a cost of approximately Rs. 2,000 crores. These ventilators will be provided to Government-run COVID hospitals in all States/UTs, for better treatment of the critical COVID-19 cases.”
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