Centre allows export of made-in-India ventilators

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New Delhi: The export of indigenously manufactured ventilators was approved by a group of ministers (GoM) on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at their 19th meeting.

The decision was taken as India continues to maintain a progressively declining low rate of fatality among COVID-19 patients, which currently stands at 2.15 per cent, “which means fewer numbers of active cases are on ventilators”, the Union health ministry said in a statement.

“The Group of Ministers (GOM) on Covid-19 has considered and agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare allowing the export of made-in-India ventilators. This decision has been communicated to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for further needed action to facilitate the export of indigenously manufactured ventilators,” said the statement

As on July 31, only 0.22 per cent of the active cases were on ventilators across the country, it stated.

India’s case fatality rate (CFR) has been progressively declining, which also means fewer patients are on ventilators. According to the government data, India’s CFR on June 18 was 3.33%, which came down to 2.72% on July 10; it currently stands at 2.15%.

Compared to January, there are more than 20 domestic manufacturers of ventilators.

DGFT had prohibited the export of ventilators in March to ensure domestic availability of the machines to effectively fight the viral disease.

All types of ventilators were prohibited for export vide DGFT notification with effect from March 24.

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