New Delhi: – India, who was importing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), has become the second-largest manufacturer of PPE kits. As of today, more than 500,000 PPE kits are being manufactured in the country per day. The Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, D Sadananda Gowda, informed that the capacity to manufacture ventilators also has crossed 300,000 per annum.
Gowda was speaking at a webinar organised by Invest India Pharma Bureau and Department of Pharmaceuticals. He said, ‘Initially known as an importer of PPE kits, India has taken a major leap in the manufacture of PPE kits. It is a matter of pride for millions of Indians like me that as of today, more than 500,000 kits are being produced in the country.’
The manufacturing capacity for ventilators also has gone above 300,000 per annum. Union Minister D Sadananda Gowda said that the target has been achieved by excellent coordination between the union government, state governments and various departments and institutions from the private sector.
The government started importing PPE kits from other countries after the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. But there was always a shortfall of PPE kits in view of the ever-increasing number of patients. 52 domestic companies started manufacturing PPE kits after that. This target was achieved after the DRDO and Ordnance Factory Board began work on a war footing.
At this time, Gowda said that there is a need to focus on the development of indigenous medical instruments. These instruments will play a significant role in making medical services affordable. Gowda said that these instruments are essential for examination and surgical treatment under the supervision of the medical director. Gowda said that the department of pharmaceuticals had taken multiple measures to increase the capacity for the manufacture of medicines and medical instruments in the country.