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Delivery of protective equipment only after 25 days, government hospitals said | India News


Government hospitals seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) are informed that it will take a minimum of 25-30 business days for them to be delivered. HLL Lifecare’s emergency procurement cell Covid-19, the public sector unit acting as the central procurement agency for the government, has told them that this is due to the poor supply of raw materials needed to manufacture PPE and the situation predominant transport in closing.

For government health facilities facing a severe shortage of PPE, this may not be good news. In many places, doctors, nurses, and other health workers are concerned and beginning to protest that shortages force them to work without protective equipment.

According to the HLL sources, the components for the PPE kits are made by different manufacturers and are supplied in an irregular way, since most of the manufacturers are in the small and medium sector. With only a few designated collection centers where components are assembled into kits, there is an additional delay in getting them from these centers to where they are needed, the sources said.

Sources said more than 80,000 PPE kits have been shipped and the textile ministry claims that more than 10 lakh masks have been supplied so far. TOI had reported how the textile ministry has cornered 11 Indian companies to produce PPE suits and two to produce masks, including N95 masks, spread across Gujarat, Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu, the surrounding areas of Delhi, including Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, as well as in Bangalore and Calcutta Efforts are underway to add more manufacturers in the coming days. Nodal government officials have been dispatched to factories to oversee production and alleviate transportation problems. However, according to textile ministry officials, the companies have been producing 5,000 protective suits in two days. They hope to increase it to 8,000 per day by March 30.

On March 23, the bleeding was for 10 lakh protective suits. Even with the optimistic estimate of producing 8,000 PPE suits per day, it would take four months to produce 10 lakh of them.

Perhaps more troubling is the question of whether even 10 lakh PPE suits will suffice.

There are over 250 university medical hospitals across India. At the moment, only a few are being used for Covid patients. If the crisis reaches a stage where others must also be pressured into the service, even if only 50 medical personnel in each hospital required full PPE suits, it would result in 12,500 suits per day. People who work two shifts would mean double that number or 25,000 PPE kits per day or 1.75 lakh per week. There are hundreds of government hospitals not affiliated with medical colleges whose staff will also require not only PPE, but thousands of masks.

Times of India