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Coronavirus pandemic: Dwindling inventory, supply chain disruption — India faces shortage of ventilators

Ventilators are critical for the care of people with lung failure, which can be one of the complications suffered by patients with severe COVID-19.

March 23, 2020 / 09:49 PM IST

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AgVa Healthcare, the Noida-based company that manufactures ventilators is racing against time to clear the backlog of orders. As cases of COVID-19 rising, AgVa has been flooded with enquires from states that are scrambling to equip hospital beds with ventilators as they prepare for the worst.

A ventilator is a mechanical breathing device that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs. Ventilators are critical for the care of people with lung failure, which can be one of the complications suffered by patients with severe COVID-19.

It's estimated that India has 30,000 ventilators for a population of 1.3 billion -  a woefully short number to deal with if COVID-19 cases rise in the coming days.

To serve the growing demand, AgVa is keeping its production lines open 24 hours a day. But it faces one major obstacle to keep its manufacturing lines firing - and that is the dwindling inventory of components such as valves, hoses, motors and electronics like LCD screens – many of which come from China.