In Kashmir, Scores Of PM CARES Ventilators Fail Trial Run

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“An investigation will be ordered to find out why the faulty ventilator was supplied,” a senior official said.

Srinagar:

In Jammu and Kashmir, more than 100 ventilators supplied under the PM CARES fund were found to be defective and “unfit for critical care” in the trial run. The ventilators supplied to the Government Medical College in Srinagar are made by three different companies. According to doctors, trials are not run on every machine. For each company, the quality is tested on a few machines. The government says an investigation will be ordered to fix the responsibility.

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A question filed under the Right to Information Act revealed that the medical college received ventilators under the Prime Minister’s Care Fund to deal with the second wave of coronavirus epidemics. However these ventilators can be used for serious care because they had serious technical defects.

In response to the RTI, the hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine listed technical issues that made the machines unusable for critical care management.

The 37 India ventilators obtained had a “compressor / heat up problem” which resulted in a sudden shutdown. The machines have been returned.

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Three Agva ventilators are not working due to other problems such as “display is not working properly, problems in creating tidal volume”.

Two of the 125 ventilators at the DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) hospital had problems with tidal volume (the amount of air supplied to the lungs) and oxygen flow. It has also been observed that ventilators shut off automatically, which can put patients at risk.

Another 22 Agva ventilators installed at DRDO Hospital are under examination, according to the response from the Anesthesiology Department.

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The government said an investigation would be ordered. “At the moment, all I can say is that we will investigate it. An investigation will be ordered to find out why the faulty ventilator was supplied,” Vivik Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary of Health, told NDTV.

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