Made in India Ventilators strengthened infrastructure of hospitals for effective COVID management: Govt

The Government has said that Made in India Ventilators have strengthened infrastructure of hospitals for effective COVID management. The Union Health Ministry said the Centre has been supporting the efforts of States and Union Territories for effective management of COVID patients in hospital care, under the ‘Whole of Government’ approach since last year.

The Ministry said, there have been some media reports suggesting that Government of India supplied ventilators to GGS Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab are lying unused as a result of technical glitches which have not been resolved due to poor after-sales support by the manufacturers. It said, these reports seem to be unfounded and not having the full information on the matter. With reference to the recent media report regarding 71 of 80 AGVA make Ventilators being non-functional or faulty at the GGS Medical College and Hospital. The Ministry clarified that 88 Ventilators have been supplied by Bharat Electronics Limited and five by AgVA. After successful installation and commissioning, these Ventilators were provided with Final Acceptance Certificate by the hospital authorities. BEL has informed that bulk of the ventilators at GGS Medical College Hospital are not faulty, as are being reported in a section of the media.

Union Health Secretary had written to seven such states on 11th of last month, which still have more than 50 ventilators lying uninstalled with them for the last four to five months. They have been requested to get the installation expedited so that the ventilators can be put to optimal use. The Ministry said, BEL will continue to provide all the technical support required by the state in meeting the ventilator requirement during this pandemic situation.


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