A large number of ventilators provided to Punjab under the PM Cares Fund last year have not been in use after they developed snags within a couple of hours of installation. Reportedly, 71 out of 80 ventilators supplied to GGSMCH in Faridkot were faulty.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan has approved the hiring of engineers and technicians to repair the faulty ventilators. The technicians are expected to reach Faridkot today.

   

Ventilators supplied under PM Cares Fund develop snags within hours at Punjab hospitals

WHAT?

A sizeable number of ventilators provided to Punjab under the PM Cares Fund last year have not been in use after they developed snags within a couple of hours of installation.

HOW?

These ventilators were provided to Punjab under the PM-Cares Fund by AgVa Healthcare.

Medical college doctors have said these ventilators are non-functional and conked off within 1-2 hours of use. Anaesthetists have said that these ventilators sent by the Centre cannot be trusted as the machines abruptly stopped working while in use.

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Sources said that the Government of India had sent 250 ventilators last year, which were priced over Rs 25 crore. While some of these machines were lying packed at the State Health Department stores, some machines reported snags when put to use.

Punjab lacks adequate trained manpower to operate the ventilators as 120 posts of anaesthetists are still lying vacant. Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu has himself said that only 25% of the available ventilators have been in use.