At a time when healthcare infrastructure including medical equipment is proving the biggest constraint to combat Coronavirus, a Rajkot-based company has developed low cost ventilators in just 10 days.
The company will deliver 1,000 of these machines to the Gujarat government-run hospitals in next few days, a PTI report says.
The ventilator, developed by a private company, was tested at a medical lab of the Ahmedabad civil hospital and given an approval on Friday night, an official said.
The locally developed ventilator is being used for patients from Saturday, he said, adding that the machine is working fine.
The entire world is fighting the silent enemy coronavirus and is facing shortage of equipment like ventilators, N95 masks and PPE suits for doctors, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Saturday.
“When we have skills and big industries here, the Gujarat government decided to use it. Rajkot is considered as an engineering hub. Small scale industries of Rajkot supply engineering parts to NASA, ISRO, Railways and for defence production, Rupani said.
“I am happy to announce that an industrialist from Rajkot has been successful in manufacturing ventilators in just 10 days. They designed it, made a prototype, procured parts and successfully built ventilators. Their testing has been done and certification has been completed. It is being used on patients from Saturday,” he told reporters.
The ventilator developed by the company has been named as ”Dhaman 1”, which is the base model and fulfils the requirement of COVID-19 patients, he said, adding that later more advanced models will be developed.