India All Set to Import Medical Products from China to Control Covid-19 Outbreak
India's supply chain was severely impacted. India is now going to get some more supplies from China to reduce pressure
The demand of key medical items (ventilators, N95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE)) has surged in India due to the rise of Covid-19. The Indian government has reached out to China, says GlobalData. In a report released by the agency that supplies data and analytics to businesses and governments, it was stated that the “shortage of medical equipments is going to be the biggest challenge”.
The Indian government has already banned the export of these devices, said the report. The Indian ventilators’ market is also expected to grow through 2025.
India’s public health spending, says GlobalData, is the among the lowest in the world. Private health care facilities fare better but very few can afford them. Rohit Anand, Medical Devices Analyst at GlobalData, added: “Since the supply chain was severely impacted amid the Covid-19 outbreak, restoring supplies with China will reduce some pressure. As the number of cases are expected to rise, India would like to ramp up the supply and production of ventilators, N95 masks and other devices needed to treat Covid-19 patients and the government would like to manufacture these products indigenously to keep the prices under control.”
Anand also stated that, “India at this stage also needs a large number of makeshift hopsitals and isolation units to treat Covid-19 patients as the exisiting healthcare facilities will not be enough if the number of patients surge in a pattern similar to Europe and the US. The Government may consider railway coaches to create such facilities as country is well connected through railway network and such a facility can be moved to even the remote parts of India in the case of a possible outbreak.”
Currently there are 2032 infections in India with 58 total deaths. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for a ‘janta curfew’ where everyone was supposed to stay inside their houses (check out all the celebrities who have donated to fight the pandemic here). India is currently in a state of lockdown that was imposed for 21 days after. PM Modi announced it on March 25th, 2020.