Prime Minister Narendra Modii has asked government ministries to find innovative ways to use their resources to set up the production of medical equipment such as ventilators and increase production.
At a cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister on Wednesday, they discussed ways to use state-owned plants and production units to boost the production and supply of medical equipment and set up quarantine facilities.
The railways are thinking of using their huge wagon pool to transform themselves into isolation wards. Work has already begun on the use of locomotive manufacturing units for the production of ventilators and other medical equipment. “There is a plan to use a huge pool of coaches that are not available to set up isolation wards, and around 20,000 such coaches have been identified for the same. The railways also started manufacturing masks, cleaning supplies and other supplies, “said a railway ministry official.
Indian Railways was also tasked with using large production units to produce locomotives and workshops to produce essential medical equipment such as ventilators, hospital beds and stretchers, among other things, in war events.
The national carrier has issued instructions for production units – Chennai Integrated Circuit Factory and Diesel Loco Works in Varanasi, among others. The Railway Board asked the manufacturing units and workshops to assess the feasibility of these products in large quantities as soon as possible.
Ministries such as the defense and heavy industries and public companies are also being asked to use their resources to increase the production of medical equipment. Defense Ministry production units such as the R&D organization, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) are exploring collaborations with private fan manufacturing companies. The Ordinary Factory Committee (OFB) was also in charge of the production of medical supplies. State airline and defense company Bharat Electronics Limited is also involved in the production of fans.
The Heavy Industry Ministry has approached automakers for using their manufacturing facilities to produce fans. The ministry wrote to automakers asking for their help to help the government.
“We’re working on an automated version of the Bag Valve Mask fan (commonly known as an Ambu bag). We hope to prepare an approval protocol in three days. Once it is proven that this design will be available to everyone for production, “said Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited.
Ventilator availability will be a key determinant of India’s success in reducing the mortality of Covid-19 patients in case they are placed for community transfer. India needs about 2.1 fans per 10,000 patients to fight Covid-19 epidemic, according to medical experts,
On March 21, a gathering of senior scientists dismissed an industry proposal to increase fan production in the country to minimize deficiency in the context of an increasing number of people who tested positive for Sar-CoV-2 virus, causing Covid-19 infection.
The textile ministry also pointed to the lack of body overalls and N-95 masks for healthcare personnel. The ministry also set up an emergency room to oversee the production and supply of medical textiles, including the N-95 mask, body overalls and melt-poured fabric.
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