Over 2 crore N95 masks, 1 crore PPEs distributed free by Centre to states

New Delhi: To augment Covid-19 facilities, the Centre has distributed more than 2.02 crore N95 masks and 1.18 crore PPE kits to states, UTs and Central Institutions free-of-cost since April 1.
Also, the Centre has distributed more than 6.12 crore HCQ tablets and dispatched 11,300 ‘Make in India’ ventilators to the state/UT governments to supplement their efforts in the prevention, containment and management of Covid-19. The Union Government’s role has been in strengthening health infrastructure to fight the pandemic in the country.
Of the 11,300 ‘Make in India’ ventilators dispatched to various states,UTs and Central Institutions so far, 6,154 ventilators stand already delivered to various hospitals. The GOI is also ensuring their installation to bridge the massive gap in availability of ventilators in Covid ICU facilities. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) is also supplying 1.02 lakh oxygen cylinders to states and UTs, of which 72,293 have been delivered to strengthen oxygen beds there, an official release here said.
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 Maharashtra, and 5.39 lakh PPEs and 9.81 lakh N95 masks in Tamil Nadu by MoHFW.
Most of the products supplied by the Union Government were not being manufactured in the country initially, and there was a global demand due to the pandemic resulting in scare availability in the foreign markets.
However, with the combined efforts of MoHFW, Ministry 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, and ventilators 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.