New Delhi, July 3, 2020: The Union Govern-ment along with States/UTs has been relentlessly working for pre-vention, containment and manage-ment of COVID-19.
The Union Government’s central role has been in strengthening health infrastructure to fight the pandemic.
Along with augmenting COVID-19 facilities, the Centre has been providing medical supplies free of cost to the State/UT governments to supplement their efforts.
Most of the products supplied by Government of India (GOI) were not being manufactured in the coun-try in the beginning and there was a global demand due to the pandemic resulting in scare availability in the foreign markets.
However, with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Min-istry of Textiles and Ministry of Pharmaceuticals, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and others, domestic industry has been encouraged to manufacture and supply essential medical equipment like PPEs, N95 masks, ventilators etc. during this period.
With the result, the resolve for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ has been strengthened and most of the supplies made by GOI are domestically manufactured.
Since 1st April 2020, the Centre has distributed more than 2.02 crore N95 masks and more than 1.18 crore PPE kits to States / UTs / Cen-tral Institutions free of cost.
Also, more than 6.12 crore HCQ tablets have been distributed to them.
In addition, so far, 11,300 ‘Make in India’ ventilators have been dis-patched to various States / UTs / Central Institutions, out of which 6154 ventilators stand already deliv-ered to various hospitals.
GOI is also ensuring their installa-tion/commissioning.
This will help to bridge the mas-sive gap in availability of ventilators in COVID ICU facilities.
MoHFW is also supplying 1.02 lakh oxygen cylinders to States/UTs, out of which 72,293 have been delivered to strengthen oxygen beds there.
Till now, 7.81 lakh PPEs and 12.76 lakh N95 masks have been supplied in Delhi, 11.78 lakh PPEs and 20.64 N95 masks in Maharash-tra and 5.39 lakh PPEs and 9.81 lakh N95 masks in Tamil Nadu by MoHFW.