March 9, 2021

96 per cent of 60,000 ventilators being procured are indigenous: Well being Ministry

The Union Well being Ministry on Tuesday mentioned about 96 per cent of the 60,000 ventilators being procured by the federal government are indigenous and most of them have been sponsored by the PMCARES fund. Well being Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned 60,000 ventilators are being procured and 18,000 have already been provided to the states and union territories.

“Of the 60,000 ventilators, 50,000 are being funded by PMCARES fund which involves about Rs 2,000 crore in financial phrases,” Bhushan mentioned throughout a press briefing. He additional mentioned all of the ventilators which can be being procured underneath PMCARES and people by the budgetary allocation of the Well being Ministry have GPS chips embedded that may be tracked.

“The ‘Make in India’ (indigenous) ventilators have a share of greater than 96 per cent by quantity and greater than 90 per cent by worth,” he mentioned. Responding to a query on whether or not some ventilators of AgVa model had been rejected, Bhushan mentioned these ventilators are of a special make than those the federal government is procuring.

“The information that we’ve got seen within the media about AgVA ventilators being rejected is in relation to 2 particular hospitals within the Bombay Municipal space. These ventilators are of a special make than the one which we’re procuring and one other truth is that these ventilators had been donated to these particular hospitals in Mumbai by an NGO and these ventilators are being utilized by Maharashtra they usually haven’t complained about it,” he mentioned.

Bhushan mentioned as of Monday solely 0.27 per cent of the overall lively circumstances of coronavirus had been on ventilators throughout the nation. “Yesterday, solely 0.27 per cent of the overall lively circumstances had been on ventilators throughout the nation. I’m not saying the state of affairs will stay the identical however within the final six months ventilator want proportion has not reached at 1 per cent in case of sufferers utilizing ventilatory help,” he mentioned.

Noting that originally the home capability of creating ventilators was insignificant, the official mentioned home producers had been dependent upon imported elements like sensors (oxygen, airflow and stress sensors), stepper motor drive, stress transducer, management valves, generators and many others.

The Indian ventilator market in 2019 was 8,510 items valued at Rs 444.74 crore yearly when it comes to quantity and worth and 75 per cent of market share was with the imported gear. In March, 2020 due to COVID-19 the demand for ventilators spiked and export restrictions had been imposed in lots of ventilator-producing nations like Argentina, Germany, USA, Switzerland.

He mentioned to satisfy the demand of ventilators in view of the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee of Technical Consultants underneath DGHS met a number of occasions to deliberate with topic specialists after which prescribed minimal important specs for the fundamental ventilators to be procured for COVID-19 functions.

“Orders had been positioned based mostly on the suggestions of the Technical Committee of area specialists underneath DGHS (Directorate Common of Well being Providers) and ventilators had been bodily demonstrated earlier than the identical committee,” he informed reporters.

After the ventilator mannequin certified the demonstration, it was validated clinically on sufferers in a hospital as determined by the DGHS, he mentioned, including, after profitable scientific validation and based mostly on the particular advice of DGHS, the ventilator was authorized for provide.

“That is the story of ‘Make in India’ ventilators and its value ranges between Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. four lakh per unit whereas the value of overseas ventilators vary from Rs 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs,” he famous.

He additional mentioned two public sector items performed an important function within the ventilators being manufactured indigenously — Bharat Electronics Restricted (BEL) which is a PSE of Ministry of Defence (30,000 ventilators) and Andhra Med-Tech Zone (AMTZ) which is a PSE of AP authorities (13,500 Ventilators).

He mentioned in lower than two months greater than 18,000 ventilators had been provided to states, UT’s, central authorities hospitals and DRDO services and ventilators had been put in at greater than 700 hospitals.

The monitoring of those ventilators is being executed via a dashboard that may observe actual time standing of ventilators dispatched, delivered and put in, he added.

“Establishment smart monitoring has additionally been enabled and every ventilator is Geo tagged to trace their location. We now have additionally created 36 whatsapp teams and each state has a whatsapp group to provide suggestions in actual time foundation to suppliers,” he mentioned.