India has 40,000 ventilators but could need many, many more in ‘worst-case scenario’

The Print | Mar 27, 2020 at 6:28 AM
  • As the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc across the globe, infecting more than 600 people in India, the Narendra Modi government has asked medical device manufacturers to assess the availability of ventilators in India and boost their production, ThePrint has learnt.
  • At a meeting Tuesday, the government asked device makers in India to collate all information about the available stock of ventilators by 1 April, as well as their scope to manufacture additional machines.
  • Ventilators manufactured in India costs Rs 5-7 lakh, while a foreign machine with same features will cost between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 18 lakh.