Rushing experts to fix Punjab ventilators, says Vardhan

Over 280 of 320 units given by Centre to the state non-functional

Rushing experts to fix Punjab ventilators, says Vardhan

Most of the 320 ventilators provided by the Centre to the state are non-functional.

Vishav Bharti
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 12

After Punjab’s Minister for Medical Education and Research Om Parkash Soni flagged the issue of “faulty” ventilators given by the Centre under the PM Cares Fund, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today assured the state that a team of experts would be sent to fix the machines.

Most of the 320 ventilators provided by the Centre to the state are non-functional. More than 280 of these are faulty and gathering dust in storerooms of three medical colleges of the state.

“It is my appeal to the Government of India that it should provide high-quality ventilators or provide at least one engineer at each Government Medical College to ensure their functionality. These engineers should have enough spare parts, so that all ventilators are made functional and can serve critically ill patients,” said Soni.

Of the 320 ventilators sent by the Centre, 113 were given to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College in Faridkot. Just 23 of these are functional, 90 are not. Of the 109 ventilators in Government Medical College, Amritsar, only 12 are functional.

Government Medical College, Patiala, has 98 ventilators. Even though it fixed 48 of these, anesthetists are not using them as they have little faith in the repaired machines. In the past, a similar complaint was raised by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Over 1,000 ventilators provided to Rajasthan under the PM Cares Fund faced a technical snag.

(With inputs from Anirudh Gupta in Ferozepur)

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