New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday clarified that the ventilators supplied to states/union territories were meant for ICUs and were in compliance with the guidelines laid down by experts headed by the Director General Health Services (DGHS).
Reacting to news reports that these “Make in India” ventilators supplied to the states/UTs, including Delhi, by the MoHFW did not have Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) mode, the Ministry in a release here, said the technical specifications for these Covid ventilators “have been laid down by a Technical Committee of domain knowledge experts headed by the Director General Health Services (DGHS), MoHFW against which the ventilators have been procured and supplied. The ventilators procured and supplied comply with these specifications.”
It said ventilator models BEL and AgVa supplied to the states/UTs were complying with the requirements and specifications laid down by the Technical Committee.
“These cost-effective, made in India ventilators have BiPAP mode and other such modes as have been prescribed in the technical specifications. The ventilators are being supplied along with User Manuals and Feedback Forms which must be referred to for clarity,” the release said.