Amid the growing COVID-19 cases, the Indian Government is seriously preparing for the abundant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other protective measures.
Supporting the cause, China has supplied PPEs to the Indian Government in huge quantities. However, those were reportedly of ‘poor quality’ and ‘unusable’.
As the reports say, these consignments of poor quality PPEs were received in donations from big private companies.
While a total of 170,000 PPE kits arrived in India on April 05, 2020, 50,000 kits have reportedly failed quality tests here.
“Two small consignments with 30,000 and 10,000 PPE kits, too, failed tests,” said an official.
As the reports say, these kits were tested poor in the DRDO laboratory in Gwalior.
While these failed consignments have come in donations, the government authorities stated that they were only accepting CE/FDA-certified PPE kits.
“Kits that are not FDA/ CE-approved have to pass quality tests in India,” say the authorities.
Meanwhile, a meeting held to assess the availability of protective wear for healthcare officials concluded that the country is now facing a shortage of such equipment needed to safeguard the medical professionals.
According to them, there was a serious dearth of N-95 masks and body coveralls.
To meet this demand, around 1 million kits were ordered through traders and most of them will be arriving from China.
“By the end of May first week, we should have these suits. More orders are being placed,” say the officials.
The Chinese Government has reportedly urged the world nations to import any such equipment ‘only’ from Chinese companies approved by the government. It said any of its companies indulging in counterfeiting act will be punished.