The central ministry of well being has reacted to media studies alleging dangerous high quality PPE (private safety gear) kits had been exposing medical care professionals to dangers in a number of components of the nation and mentioned the bad-quality merchandise referred to within the studies should not cleared by authorities businesses and added that there was no scarcity of accredited and examined PPES and N-95 masks which have been equipped in ample portions to states and union territories for use whereas dealing with coronavirus sufferers or suspects.
“There are some studies in a piece of the media expressing concern in regards to the high quality of Private Protecting Tools (PPE) coveralls. The merchandise underneath reference haven’t any relevance to the procurement being made by the Central Authorities,” an official assertion from the ministry of well being said on Monday.
Whereas the assertion doesn’t point out the studies specifically that made the declare, nevertheless, a couple of prior to now days have questioned the standard of the PPEs equipped regionally to medical professionals in Ghaziabad. A outstanding Hindi each day had claimed that some new kits produced and procured regionally had been discovered to be worn out and torn in locations. It blamed the poor high quality of kits to be among the many causes for the federal government docs and different healthcare professionals catching the illness within the district. The UP authorities then determined to ban native procurement. One other report had cited complaints concerning poor high quality PPE kits by some surgeons in Ludhiana Civil Hospital.
The ministry of well being in its assertion mentioned that the central authorities had cleared PPE producers and suppliers after making use of stringent high quality testing requirements set by the ministry of textiles.
“HLL Lifecare Restricted (HLL), the procuring company of the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from producers/suppliers solely after getting their coveralls examined and accredited by one of many eight labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles (MoT) for testing the identical. It’s only after their merchandise qualify within the check prescribed by the technical committee (JMG) of the Ministry of Well being & Household Welfare, that they’re procured,” the ministry defined.
It added that random sampling of the provides can also be being made and the corporate that fails to satisfy the requirements is being disqualified for any future procurement.
“All of the States/UTs have been requested to make sure procurement which is being carried out at their degree after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from MoT nominated labs. As well as, producers who have gotten their merchandise certified from these labs are additionally being on-boarded on Authorities e-Market (GeM),” the assertion provides.
The ministry mentioned the details about certified and accredited producers and suppliers was obtainable on the Authorities e-Market (GeM) for the states and the personal sector to make use of.
The ministry additional identified that there was no scarcity of security gear and necessities because the nation had ramped up its home manufacturing capability of PPEs and N95 masks and the necessities of the States/UTs are being sufficiently met.
“At present, the nation is producing greater than three lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day. States/UTs in addition to Central Establishments have been supplied with round 111.08 lakh N-95 masks and round 74.48 lakh Private Protecting Tools (PPE),” mentioned the ministry.