In many states, ventilators lie unused & defunct as netas bicker | India News

Whereas most states mentioned they don’t have skilled personnel to function ventilators, others complained of unavailability of elements like humidifier kits and nozzles which can be important to run them.
Many even mentioned that they’d ventilators however no ICU amenities or sufficient area to put in them. Docs in lots of states aren’t utilizing them, fearing they could malfunction, endangering lives of sufferers.
TOI discovered that solely 83 of the 320 ventilators that three medical schools in Punjab acquired below the PM Cares scheme, have been purposeful. And, out of those 83, as many as 48 weren’t put to make use of as they have been repaired just lately and medical doctors have been apprehensive of their efficacy.
In Bihar, nearly half of the 109 ventilators despatched to 13 districts are mendacity defunct due to lack of skilled personnel. Sources in UP well being division mentioned about 20% of the 200 ventilators UP acquired are mendacity unused.
Earlier this week, when AAP MLA from Punjab Kultar Singh Sandhwan tweeted a photograph of ventilators mendacity unused and dumped in a room in a authorities hospital in Faridkot, it was a crimson flag for a lot of states the place ventilators, purchased by means of PM Cares fund, are mendacity unused.
Whereas most states mentioned they don’t have skilled personnel to function the ventilators, others complained of unavailability of elements like humidifier kits and nozzles which can be important to run them. Many even mentioned that they’d ventilators however no ICU amenities or sufficient area to put in them. Docs in lots of states aren’t utilizing them, fearing they could malfunction, endangering lives of sufferers.
Sandhwan’s tweet wasn’t misplaced. TOI discovered that solely 83 of the 320 ventilators that three medical schools in Punjab acquired below the PM Cares scheme, have been purposeful. And, out of those 83, as many as 48 weren’t put to make use of as they have been repaired just lately and medical doctors have been apprehensive of their efficacy. In Bihar, nearly half of the 109 ventilators despatched to 13 districts are mendacity defunct due to lack of skilled personnel.
“I’m conscious that ventilators are mendacity unused in some districts. That’s due to lack of technicians. We’re getting workers skilled,” mentioned UP well being minister Jai Pratap Singh.
Sources mentioned about 20% of the 200 ventilators UP acquired are mendacity unused. Karnataka well being and medical schooling minister Okay Sudhakar mentioned whereas six ventilators have been supplied at every taluka hospital, many are mendacity defunct as a consequence of lack of skilled manpower. Well being officers revealed 80% of the two,025 ventilators Karnataka acquired are mendacity unused.
In Telangana, lack of skilled workers at Mahabubnagar Authorities Hospital and Nizamabad Medical School has led to 30 ventilators mendacity unused in every hospital. And, states like Bihar, MP and Assam admitted they’re nonetheless within the means of hiring speciality workers or coaching them to deal with ventilators.
In Odisha, medical doctors confronted one other drawback. There have been ventilators however no related elements to run them — like nozzles and circulate centres.
Pattern this: In Hallett Hospital in Kanpur, 34 ventilators are mendacity unused as there aren’t any humidifier kits, which is important to its functioning.
In lots of states, medical doctors say failure to generate sufficient oxygen strain has left ventilators ineffective.
Some states complain there aren’t sufficient ICU amenities in district hospitals. “In some hospitals, we want more room to put in ventilators. Our well being division is constructing the infrastructure,” mentioned Assam director of medical schooling Dr Anup Kumar Barman.
In Rajasthan, the place solely 500 of the 1,900 ventilators have been put in, well being minister Raghu Sharma mentioned they’re apprehensive that they could malfunction whereas in use. “In about 300 ventilators put in initially, oxygen compressor and censor shut down,” mentioned Sharma.
Whereas the Punjab authorities alleged that the ventilators despatched below PM Cares have been of poor high quality, the Centre blamed Punjab hospitals, saying they have been incapable of dealing with ventilators.
In Rajasthan too, whereas the CM and his well being minister blamed the Centre for “not caring for the defective ventilators regardless of requests throughout assembly,” BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted: “Both these ventilators aren’t but boxed or a few of them have been given to personal hospitals on lease. Is it proper to provide these ventilators on lease to personal hospitals.”
(With inputs from Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Guwahati, Bhopal, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad)

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