On Thursday, the Government of India cleared the air by putting a full stop to the rumor that the ventilators, which were supplied to the GGS Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot, Punjab, are lying unused due to technical glitches which have not been resolved due to poor after-sales support by the manufacturers.
The ventilator models went through rigorous screening, technical demonstration, and clinical validation process in the minimal time available for the same. After their approval, through the domain knowledge experts, these were put into the supplies.
To increase the existing hospital infrastructure, the Union Government has been centrally procuring and providing States/UTs/Central Hospitals/ Institutes with essential medical devices, including ventilators, since April 2020.
On April 11, 2021, the Union Health Secretary wrote to seven States with more than 50 ventilators lying uninstalled with them for the last 4-5 months. He requested them to accelerate the installation so that they can put the ventilators to their best use.
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has informed that most of the ventilators at GGSMCH are not faulty, as they are being reported in a section of the media. Their engineers have visited the Medical College at different events to address the complaints received and carried out minor repairs required promptly.
The BEL engineers visited the hospital today and made five ventilators functional only by replacing a few consumables and demonstrated their finest performance to the authorities. They made it evident that when operated properly, the ventilators will provide reliable performance