‘J&K procured 2095 ventilators, 1747 operational’

‘J&K procured 2095 ventilators, 1747 operational’
When the second COVID-19 wave hit India, the healthcare systems came under duress due to the limited availability of beds and ICUs.Flickr [Creative Commons]

Srinagar: Of the 2095 ventilators procured to upgrade the healthcare infrastructure for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, 1747 have been installed and are operational in various hospitals, the government said Sunday.

The government has started the process of filing the online status of ventilators procured through various funds allocated to J&K for strengthening and increasing the availability of critical care settings.

“The manufacturer needs to know if 10 instruments and equipment are faulty. So GoI has a portal now to lodge complaints regarding the ventilators,” Additional Chief Secretary J&K Government (Health and Medical Education) Vivek Bhardwaj said.

He said that the government this year carried out an audit of the ventilators that were procured during the past year, including their functional status.

“We have 1747 ventilators that are fully functional,” he said.

Bhardwaj said that the government had received 2095 ventilators and over 80 percent of these were fully functional that had strengthened the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in the hospitals.

He said that the ventilators had been installed at various hospitals including DRDO hospitals for COVID-19 in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.

Bhardwaj said that other hospitals of J&K had also been allocated ventilators to improve the critical care availability.

“Over 100 ventilators have been allocated to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, 14 to Super Specialty Hospital Srinagar, about 80 to Chest Diseases Hospital. Similar is the case in Jammu division,” he said.

About the manpower availability for critical care, Bhardwaj said J&K had adequate manpower and training had been provided to the existing staff.

“We are in a position to run these ventilators whenever there is a need,” he said.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently said that among the thousands of ventilators provided to “on the demand received from the states and union territories”, 908 had been provided to J&K.

The states have been advised to ensure that the ventilators are kept fully functional at all times.

The ministry said that the states and union territories had been directed to ensure “maintenance and upkeep of ventilators, preparedness of hospital infrastructure including optimum oxygen pressure in medical gas pipeline systems, and sufficient availability of consumables for ventilators and operation of these ventilators by the trained manpower”.

Reports of faulty and malfunctioning ventilators supplied by the Centre had been coming in the media for many months.

Reacting to reports of one batch of ventilators defunct at a Punjab hospital, the Centre said, “When operated properly, the ventilators will provide reliable performance.”

When the second COVID-19 wave hit India, the healthcare systems came under duress due to the limited availability of beds and ICUs.

This started the process of ventilator manufacturing under ‘Make in India’ by various firms, many of them having no prior experience of manufacturing ventilators.

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