The number of Covid-19 cases in India has crossed the 40,000 mark. By the week’s end, it is expected to cross 50,000. Already, 1,389 people are reported to have died from the virus. Yet, even as India eases up on its five-week nationwide lockdown, the country is still desperately short of potentially life-saving equipment in the fight against the virus—ventilators.
According to projections from PD Vaghela, secretary of the department of pharmaceuticals, India requires at least 75,000 ventilators. Vaghela, who is leading a group tasked with procuring medical equipment for the government, says India has fewer than 20,000.
Favouritism and fake certifications mar India’s ventilator procurement
A tender by state-owned HLL Lifecare exposes favouritism and a lack of due diligence in the government's attempts to address India's ventilator shortfall
India’s race to build ventilators is going slow. While almost 60,000 have been ordered, only AgVa Healthcare has delivered, albeit partially
AgVa’s ventilators cost a fraction of regular ICU-grade ventilators, but inauthentic certifications may have helped it bag purchase orders
HLL Lifecare also delayed releasing the specifications of the required ventilator—which it had based entirely off AgVa’s ventilator
Education in the short term and bureaucratic reform with better regulation in the long term are the way forward