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Covid-19 Third Wave: Health Secretary Pulls Up States, UTs Over 1,600 Pending Ventilators

The Centre has pulled up states and Union Territories for practically 1,600 ventilators nonetheless pending to be put in regardless of sending “repeated reminders” and to make sure the machines are set in place and are totally purposeful as Covid-19 circumstances are spiraling within the nation, touching 1,59,632 at the moment, News18.com has learnt.

Based on the demand projected by the States/UTs, the ministry of well being and household welfare had offered greater than 50,000 Make-In-India ventilators final 12 months.

“Out of the above, as on date, 49,064 Make-In-India ventilators have been installed in hospitals across the states/UTs as per the consignee details provided by them,” stated the letter written to states and Union Territories, Rajesh Bhushan, secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The letter dated January 7, accessed by News18.com, stated the ministry has famous a big hole between the delivered and put in ventilators within the states. “We have repeatedly requested states/UTs to get these ventilators installed expeditiously. In addition, the ministry has sent separate state-wise reminders dated 29.09.2021 and 22.11.2021.”

It additional stated it’s crucial that there’s “no further delay in getting the ventilators installed” within the wake of spiraling of Covid-19 circumstances.

The hooked up checklist, with the letter, exhibits that Telangana has round 534 pending ventilators, that are but to be put in adopted by 236 ventilators in Uttar Pradesh and 210 ventilators in Tamil Nadu. Nearly 172 ventilators are pending for set up in Delhi and 136 in Gujarat, other than Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Karnataka.

The variety of ventilators, that are put in and pending with states and Union Territories.

Reminders Sent for Ventilator Requirement

The letter additional factors out that the states and UTs had earlier demanded numerous ventilators however didn’t present any consignee particulars of related hospitals regardless of “repeated reminders”.

“As a result, the supplies of the demanded ventilators could not be made to the hospitals. Since this cannot continue as an open-ended exercise, it is requested that if the states have any additional demand of ventilators the same may be provided within the next 10 days. By January 17, along with the consignee details of hospitals.”

“MoHFW will not be able to address any additional requests thereafter,” it stated.

It additionally reminded hospitals that the ventilators procured and offered by the well being ministry got here with a guaranty of 1 12 months.

“The initial warranty of these ventilators is now over or would be getting over in near future. This crucial infrastructure provided to the states/UTs is a permanent asset now available with the hospitals across the country,” Bhushan stated whereas requesting the states to take over the accountability of sustaining and working these ventilators.

“Considering that an upsurge in Covid cases has been noticed over the last few days, there is a need that states/UTs do not delay this important aspect of arranging for continued maintenance and functioning of these ventilators,” he additional stated.

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