In the midst of the latest coronavirus pandemic outbreak and strategies for combating highly infectious viruses, Centre has today said that over 1.28 crore of PEPs 3 crore of N95 masks been distributed free of charge between March and August 2020 to the States, the Union Territories, and central institutions.
The Center also reported that during the same time, 1.40 crore indigenous PPEs and three crore N95 masks were acquired from their own budget resources.
“While the Union Government supplies PPEs, N95 masks, ventilator, etc to the Government / State / Union Territory governments, states also procure this material directly,” said the Center in an official statement. “India’s Mask has introduced resilience to various medical devices like PEPs in an atmosphere set in the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.”
The growing global demand resulting from the pandemic has led to their poor foreign market availability. In addition, after the exports of PPEs were granted in July notification, it was also stressed by the government that 23 lakh PPEs had been exported in a month to five countries. The US, UK, UAE, Senegal, Slovenia are among these nations. “It has helped India to significantly position itself on the global export market of the PPE,” says in the statement. A global shortage of all medical supplies, N95, PPE sets, fans, etc., was the origin of the pandemic.
Initially, much of the goods were not manufactured in the country as most of the necessary parts had to be imported from other countries. The growing global demand resulting from the pandemic has led to their poor foreign market availability. As a result, resolution for Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India was strengthened and the Union government manufactured most of its supplies domestically.
Over 22,000 masks have been distributed to various nations, Union territories, and central institutions in India. ‘India has built a large number of its own manufacturing sector and transformed the pandemic to a chance to expand the domestic market for medical devices, thanks to joint efforts by the Health Ministry and the family welfare minister, the Department of Pharma and Internal Trade (DRDO) and others.
Different policy decisions were frequently adopted as part of their ongoing efforts to gradually increase and improve the medical infrastructure across the world.