India exported 23 lakh PPE to five international locations in July: Health Ministry

New Delhi, August 14

India exported 23 lakh private safety tools to 5 international locations, together with the United States, the United Kingdom and the UAE in July, after the federal government relaxed export norms and this had considerably helped the nation to place itself within the world market of those kits, the Union Health Ministry stated.

The different two international locations are Senegal and Slovania, it stated.

According to the Ministry, the ‘Make in India’ spirit “embedded in the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan has resulted in providing resilience and self-sufficiency” to the nation for numerous medical tools, together with PPE.

While the Union Government is supplying PPE kits, N95 masks, ventilators and many others, to the state governments and Union Territories administrations, states are additionally procuring these things immediately.

“Between March and August 2020, they have procured 1.40 crore indigenous PPE from their own budgetary resources. During the same period, the Centre has distributed 1.28 crore PPE to states, UTs and central institutions, free of cost,” the Ministry stated in a press release.

The Centre has been main the graded, pre-emptive, proactive and collaborative response and administration of COVID-19, together with the states and the Union Territories.

As a part of its continued efforts in direction of progressively augmenting and strengthening the medical infrastructure throughout the nation, numerous coverage selections have been taken frequently.

At the beginning of the pandemic, there was a worldwide scarcity of every kind of medical tools together with N95 masks, PPE kits, ventilators and many others, the Ministry underlined.

Most of the merchandise weren’t being manufactured within the nation at first as lots of the vital parts had been to be procured from different international locations. The rising world demand as a result of pandemic resulted of their scarce availability within the international markets, it said.

“Turning the pandemic into an opportunity to develop its domestic market for the production of medical equipment, with the combined efforts of Ministries of Health, Textiles and Pharmaceuticals, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, the Defence Research and Development Organisation and others, India has hugely ramped up its own manufacturing capacity,” the Ministry stated.

“In view of the strengthened domestic production capacity and having met the domestic requirements for PPE, the revised notification of the Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in July permitted export of these kits. As a result of this relaxation, in the month of July itself, India exported 23 lakh PPE to five countries. These include the USA, the UK, the UAE, Senegal and Slovania. This has substantially aided India to position itself in the global export market of PPE,” the assertion stated. PTI

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