Coronavirus in India: Protective gear delivery only after 25 days, govt hospitals told
NEW DELHI: Government hospitals seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) are being told that it will take a minimum of 25-30 working days for them to be delivered. The Covid-19 emergency procurement cell of HLL Lifecare, the public sector unit acting as the central procurement agency for the go nment, has told them this is due to short supply of raw materials required to manufacture PPE and the prevailing transportation situation in the lockdown.
For go nment health facilities grappling with acute shortage of PPE, this cannot be good news. In many places doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are worried and beginning to protest as the shortage is forcing them to work without protective gear.
According to HLL sources, components for PPE kits are made by different manufacturers and supplied erratically as most makers are in the small and medium sector.
The sources said over 80,000 PPE kits have been dispatched and the textile ministry claims that 10 lakh masks have been supplied till now. TOI had reported how the textile ministry has roped in 11 Indian firms to produce PPE suits and two for producing masks, including N95 masks, spread across Gujarat, Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu, surrounding areas of Delhi including Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, as well as in Bangalore and Kolkata. Efforts are on to add more manufacturers in the coming days. Nodal officials from the go nment have been posted at factories to oversee production and to smooth transport problems. However, according to textile ministry officials, firms have been producing 5,000 protective suits in two days. They hope to push it up to 8,000 per day by March 30.
On March 23, the indent was for 10 lakh protective suits. Even at the optimistic estimate of producing 8,000 PPE suits per day, it would take four months to produce 10 lakh of them.
Perhaps more worrying is the question of whether even the 10 lakh PPE suits will be sufficient.
There are over 250 medical college hospitals across India. At the moment, only a few are being used for Covid patients. If the crisis reaches a stage where the others also need to be pressed in service, even if just 50 medical personnel in each hospitals were to require full PPE suits, it would work out to 12,500 suits per day. People working in two shifts would mean double that number or 25,000 PPE kits per day or 1.75 lakh per week.
You are the. go nment, you can modify the laws, you can procure the material , you can mobilise the workforce and you can start production.. if and only if you want in 25 hours ..
In this kind of situation also you are telling 25 - 30 working days , means holiday is necessary more than life. please wake up go nment wake up you are already late
在这种情况下还要25 - 30个工作日，这说明对某些人来说休假比救命更重要。政府，醒醒吧，行动已经太迟了
PM offered to help China fight the virus in Feb. Was it a PR stunt to offer PPE gear and supplies to China without checking if Indian hospitals have enough ?
WoW!!! Government is well prepared as it was during demonitisation.
哇! ! ! 印度政府已经做好了充分的准备，就像它在发布废钞令期间所做的那样。
Our PM can only make sensational annoucments on TV for his TRP,s but on ground no preparedness. Only Mann ki Baat but no Kaam ki baat
25 days delay is laughable.are we in antartica !!!
Was asleep since 6 years. Blame it on kangrress n Nehru now.
is the ministry of health sleeping ? this is just like war times, we r fighting an invisible army of viruses. how can the govt just rely on one supplier for the entire country?
Buy more rafale and build 3000 crores worth statues.
If an ordinary citizen can even think of covering 1000kms on foot to reach his goal,then this problem of PPE is not insurmountable.
Where there is a will there is a way.
A nation's strength is known by the way it's prepared itself to face unexpected calamities. We have failed in the people in this respect. This much of suffering could have been easily avoided with better planning. The army with its preparedness for war could have done a better job. Bring them on!They are our heroes!
Yes we have failed. But we still have time.
ComeON.... Govt. is busy building statues... everything else... is JOKE, by the way where is MAKE IN INDIA even PPE shall we order from CHINA
under prepared Feku and his stooges have pushed the country towards this situation.
Do not depend of HLL Lifecare alone. 25 days is too too long. It cant be more than 2 days
Those criticising Modi or any bjp govt are anti nationals, gaddars, congressi and muslims. Modi can never be wrong. It is Nehru who is responsible for anything bad.
If Government can't protect the front liner Army i.e. doctor and sisters and other health care staff, how it aims to win the war.
Madan Mohan Siddhanthi
One question only -If it is war ,can we have sucha situation to procure arms and armaments-A CLEAR NO -FIRST WE SHOULD BE READY ALWAYS .
feku 1 month earlier “india is fully prepared to face corona”
very pathetic situation.
Seems everything is in mess ! So our PM is seeking apology in advance !!!
ivanshika reddy kandakatla
Please make it fast before its too late
all indians should support fully to our nurses and doctors so that they can able to server our country whole heartedly and we have to stop further spread of that deadly virus.
what about the quality. it would be worse.