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Centre moves to permit export of made-in-India ventilators

The Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 on Saturday agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Aug 2020 7:13 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: The Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 on Saturday agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to allow the export of made-in-India ventilators. The export prohibition on ventilators was imposed in March to ensure domestic availability to effectively fight COVID-19.

Now, with this decision, the Ministry hopes that the manufacturers of domestic ventilators would be in a position to find new markets in foreign countries. Currently, only 0.22 percent of the active cases are on ventilators across the country. "Additionally, there has been substantial growth in the domestic manufacturing capacity of ventilators. Compared to January, there are presently more than 20 domestic manufacturers for ventilators," said Ministry officials.

This significant decision comes on the heels of India continuing to maintain a progressively declining low rate of case fatality of patients, which currently stands at 2.15%, and means that fewer numbers of active cases are on ventilators. (IANS)

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