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More than 2 Crore N-95 masks, 1.18 Crore PPE kits and 11,300 fans supplied to the States, UT since April 1: Govt

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The Ministry of Health also supplies 1.02 lakh oxygen cylinders to the States and Union territories, of which 72,293 have been delivered to strengthen the oxygen beds. In addition, more than 6.12 HCQ crore tablets have been given to states and union territories.

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Since April 1, the Center has distributed free of charge more than 2.02 crore N95 masks and more than 1.18 PPE crore kits between states, Union territories and central institutions, the Minister of Health said on Friday. of the Union.

In addition, 11,300 “Make in India” ventilators have been shipped to date in various states, Union territories and central institutions, of which 6,154 have already been delivered to various hospitals, the statement said.

“The central government is also ensuring their installation / commissioning. This will help bridge the huge gap in the availability of ventilators in COVID intensive care facilities,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry of Health also supplies 1.02 lakh oxygen cylinders to the States and Union territories, of which 72,293 have been delivered to strengthen the oxygen beds. In addition, more than 6.12 HCQ crore tablets have been given to states and union territories.

The government of the Union, along with the States and Union territories, has worked tirelessly for the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19, the statement said.

The central role of the government has been to strengthen the health infrastructure to fight the pandemic, he added. “In addition to the expansion of COVID-19 facilities, the Center has provided free medical supplies to state and UT governments to complement their efforts,” said the ministry.

The statement said that most of the products supplied by the Center were not originally produced in the country and that there was global demand due to the pandemic, resulting in “limited availability in foreign markets”.

However, with the combined efforts of the Ministries of Health, Textiles, Pharmaceuticals, the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) ) and others, the domestic industry was encouraged to manufacture and supply essential products. medical equipment such as personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, N95 masks, ventilators during this period.

“With the result, the determination for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ has been strengthened and most of the supplies made by GOI are locally produced,” said the ministry.

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