AGENCIES, Mumbai: Global and Indian automakers may have been forced to suspend production operations due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t stop them to come forward and help the country out when it needs hi-tech innovation in the form of ventilators, the machine that is critical for those suffering respiratory issues. Ventilators are in demand due to coronavirus and fears are there that may be be a shortage of them given the rate of virus victims being admitted to hospitals across the country
Automobile majors Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra and Mahindra are gearing up to produce ventilators to help the government fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in India.
Pawan Goenka, the managing director of the company’s automotive division on Thursday tweeted that the company has embarked on a two pronged strategy to produce ventilators at its factories. “At one end, we along with two large PSUs are working with an existing manufacturer of high spec ventilators to help them to simplify design and scale up capacity. Our engineering team is right now with them working on it,” his tweet read.
“At other end we are working on an automated version of the Bag Valve Mask ventilator (commonly known as Ambu bag). We hope to have a Proto ready in 3 days for approval. Once proven this design will be made available to all for manufacturing.”
This tweet follows Anand Mahindra’s tweets on March 22 itself offering help in the fight against Coronavirus.
The government has also reached out to other companies including market leader Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Hyundai to look at ways to manufacture ventilators expeditiously.
“The govt anticipates a need for a much larger number of ventilators. They have approached us about the possibility of making ventilators in house,” said R C Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd to a TV channel on Wednesday. “A number of our teams are looking at the possibility. We will come up with an answer in a day or two. We have very limited time.”
These high-tech ventilators cost anywhere between Rs 5-12 lakh. Currently India imports around 80-85 per cent of all medical devices for intensive care, including ventilators.
According to a Brookings report, if the number of cases spiral in India, it may need as many as 110,000-220,000 ventilators as early as mid May.