10 lakh testing kits per month to be produced by India

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NEW DELHI: India is ready to maufacture 10 lakh kits per month each of RT-PCR testing and rapid antibody detection tests for noverl coronavirus from May, the production will reduce dependency on imports amid increase in demand globally caused by the pandemic.

Efforts in areas of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines are also being monitored on a war footing, health ministry said. The present ventilator manufacturing capacity in India is 6,000 a month.

Health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said,“Production of ancillary support devices such as personal protective equipment, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, CSIR engineering labs is being augmented by indigenous designs of Sree Chitra Tiurumalai Institute of Medical Science and Technology (SCTIMST) under Department of Science and Technology.”

Till Friday, a total 1,919 dedicated Covid-19 facilities were identified across the country with 1,73,746 isolation beds and 21,806 ICU beds. The 1,919 facilities include 672 dedicated Covid hospitals for serious patients needing tertiary care and 1,247 dedicated Covid healthcare centres for patients with moderate symptoms.

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