India to start export of domestically manufactured ventilators

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New Delhi (NVI): India will now export indigenous ventilators as the country continues to maintain low case fatality rate of COVID-19 patients, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today said.

The Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19 have considered and agreed to the proposal of the Health Ministry allowing the export of made-in-India ventilators.

This decision has been communicated to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for further needed action to facilitate the export of domestically manufactured ventilators.

“This significant decision comes on the heels of India continuing to maintain a progressively declining low rate of case fatality of COVID-19 patients, which currently stands at 2.15 percent, which means that fewer numbers of active cases are on ventilators. As on July 31, 2020, only 0.22 percent of the active cases were on ventilators across the country,” said a statement from Union health ministry.

Additionally, there has been substantial growth in the domestic manufacturing capacity of ventilators. Compared to January 2020, there are presently more than 20 domestic manufacturers for ventilators, it added.

The export prohibition or restriction on ventilators was imposed in March 2020 to ensure domestic availability to effectively fight COVID-19. All types of ventilators were prohibited for export from March 24. Now with export of ventilators having been allowed, it is hoped that domestic ventilators would be in a position to find new markets for Indian ventilators in foreign countries.

The gap between recovered patients and active covid-19 cases currently stands at 5,29,271. Active cases stand at 5,65,103 and are under medical supervision while the number of recovered cases have reached 10,94,374.

-CHK