Over 3 Cr N95 masks, 1.28 Cr PPEs, 10 Cr HCQ tablets given to states, UTs by Centre at no cost

New Delhi, August 13

The authorities has distributed greater than 3.04 crore N95 masks and over 1.28 crore private safety tools (PPE) kits among the many states, Union territories and central establishments at no cost since March 11, the Health Ministry mentioned on Thursday.

Also, greater than 10.83 crore hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets had been distributed amongst them, it added.

In addition, 22,533 “Make in India” ventilators have been delivered to varied states, Union Territories and central establishments, the Ministry mentioned, including that the Centre was additionally making certain the set up and commissioning of the machines.

“The central role of the government has been in strengthening the health infrastructure of the states and Union Territories to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure its effective management,” the Ministry underlined.

Along with augmenting the COVID-19 amenities, the Centre can also be offering medical provides to the states and Union Territories at no cost.

“Most of the products supplied by the Government of India were not being manufactured in the country in the beginning. The rising global demand due to the pandemic resulted in their scarce availability in the foreign markets,” the Ministry mentioned.

“With the combined efforts of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Textiles, the Ministry of Pharmaceuticals, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and others, the domestic industry has been encouraged and facilitated to manufacture and supply essential medical equipment such as PPEs, N95 masks, ventilators etc,” it added.

“As a result, resolve for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ has been strengthened and most of the supplies made by the Union Government are domestically manufactured,” the Health Ministry underscored. PTI

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