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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot accuses Modi government of providing defective ventilators, demands probe

As India grapples with the deadly second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Rajasthan Government on Friday accused the Centre of providing defective ventilators to the state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded a probe into the matter, saying the Union Health Ministry thoroughly investigate the purchase of defective ventilators made available through the PM CARES Fund.

The Rajasthan CM tweeted that the central government had alloted 1,900 ventilators to Rajasthan from the PM Cares Fund. It was responsible for the installation and maintenance of these ventilators. According to doctors, many of these ventilators have technical shortcomings due to which using them can prove to be dangerous for patients, Gehlot said in a statement.

The doctors have informed about a pressure drop problem in these ventilator and that they shut down after working for 1-2 hours continuously. There is a problem of sudden decrease in PIO2, failure of oxygen sensor and compressor, the Rajasthan CM said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lakhan Poswal, Principal of Medical College, Udaipur, had also raised the problem posed by these ventilators in the Covid review meeting held on April 5. Apart from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat have also reported different problems in these ventilators, Gehlot said.

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Ashok Gehlot demands probe into ‘defective ventilators’ issued under PM Cares

Ashok Gehlot said the Centre “had made 1900 ventilators available to the state from the PM Cares Fund… According to doctors, many of these ventilators have technical shortcomings due to which they can turn out to be dangerous for patients.”

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (Express Photo)

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday came down heavily on the Union government over allegedly faulty ventilators supplied through the PM CARES fund to the state and demanded an inquiry saying that these machines can threaten the lives of patients.

Taking to Twitter, the CM said that the Union government “had made 1900 ventilators available to the state from the PM Cares Fund. The government of India was responsible for the installation and maintenance of these ventilators. According to doctors, many of these ventilators have technical shortcomings due to which they can turn out to be dangerous for patients.”ADVERTISEMENThttps://314d3a2bc3af5d29f5f9473f9b37b22c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

“Doctors said that there is a pressure drop problem in these ventilators. These ventilators shut down after continuously working for 1-2 hours. These also have problems of sudden decrease in PiO2, and failure of oxygen sensors and compressors,” the CM said.

The issue was first raised in a Covid-19 review meeting chaired by Gehlot on April 5. In the meeting, Dr Lakhan Poswal, principal of RNT Medical College, Udaipur, had said that the district had received 85 PM Cares ventilators but, “Our anaesthetists and intensive care doctors of medicine (department) don’t have confidence in PM Cares ventilators at all. The ventilators run for 1-2 hours and then they stop working. So, Udaipur had received 85 ventilators, and I spoke to principals of all medical colleges and the ‘CV 200’ and ‘AgVa’ ventilators of Indian Government are not effective.” Subsequently, similar problems with PM Cares ventilators were reported from other districts too.ADVERTISEMENThttps://314d3a2bc3af5d29f5f9473f9b37b22c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

“Apart from Rajasthan, different problems in these ventilators have also been reported in the media in Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat,” Gehlot said.

The Rajasthan government has written twice to the Central governemnt to make them aware of the problem of these ventilators and to get them fixed as soon as possible, one at the Secretary level and the other at the Ministerial level, the CM said. He said that for the maintenance of all ventilators in Rajasthan, the company appointed by the government of India had said it will send 11 members, but only 6 people are working here. They went to fix ventilators on the complaint but due to lack of experience, they are unable to fix it and the doctors are not satisfied.

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