The country is producing more than 3 lakh PPE and N95 masks per day, as the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) said today.
“States/UTs, also as Central Institutions, are given around 111.08 lakh N-95 masks and around 74.48 lakh PPE,” because the MoHFW statement said.
In response to some of the reports in a section of the media expressing concern about the quality of PPE coveralls, the statement said that the products under reference have no relevance to procurement being made by the Central govt.
“HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), the procuring agency of the MoHFW, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers/suppliers only after getting their coveralls tested and approved by one among the eight labs nominated by the ministry of textiles (MoT) for testing an equivalent . It is only after their products qualify within the test prescribed by the technical committee (JMG) of the MoHFW, that they’re procured,” because the statement said.
HLL is undertaking sampling of the supplies being made, that a testing protocol has devised just in case of any failure, the corporate is disqualified for the other supplies. All the States/UTs have asked to make sure the procurement which is being carried out at their level after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from MoT nominated labs.
Manufacturers who have got their products qualified from these labs are also being on-boarded on Govt e-Marketplace (GeM). The manufacturers who have got the PPEs qualified have been advised by the MoT to the GeM so the procurement by states can be carried out accordingly. For the private sector, the dynamic information of manufacturers whose products have been qualified for the tests is available on the MoT website. Also, MoHFW has also issued guidelines for the rational use of PPE.