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Coronavirus pandemic: Noida startup Agva Healthcare may solve shortfall of ventilators

It produces the world’s cheapest ventilator but currently manufacturing is hampered because of lockdown across the country

March 24, 2020 / 09:31 AM IST

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the country, the Indian health sector is preparing to face a massive wave of patients with breathing troubles and flu symptoms. Agva Healthcare, a Noida based med-tech startup which has built the most economical ventilator is set to ramp up production and help hospitals cope with this sudden spurt of patients.

Speaking with Moneycontrol, Agva Healthcare founder Diwakar Vaish said that he was setting up the infrastructure to manufacture 12,000 units every month, from the current capacity of 150.

“I am increasing the labour force manifold, strengthening my production lines and revamping overall manufacturing infrastructure to be able to cater to the increased demand for these life support machines across public and private hospitals,” said Vaish.

There are already 600 such machines currently deployed across the country, now Vaish is aiming to quickly deploy around 20,000 of them in the short run. He has held consultations with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding how Agva ventilators can be deployed and they have asked for few changes to suit the needs of COVID-19 patients.