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Against the backdrop of a controversy over the quality of Jyoti CNC's Dhaman-1 ventilators, developed for COVID-19 patients in Gujarat, the state government on Wednesday said they are certified by an accredited laboratory and fit to use, as reported Business Standard on Wednesday.
Jyoti CNC had donated 866 ventilators to the state government last month in view of the acute shortage of such equipment, said principal secretary of health Jayanti Ravi.
However, the Ahemedabad civil hospital contacted the government stating that the ventilators were not up to the mark, and Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda claimed that the government was "playing with the lives" of COVID-19 patients by purchasing "sub-standard" ventilators having no approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI).
In response, Ravi said that "Dhaman-1 ventilators are as good as other such machines. They are certified by a Centrally accredited laboratory," adding that since a ventilator is not a drug formulation, it does not require any approval from the DCGI.
"We should appreciate Jyoti CNC for coming forward at a time when there was an acute shortage of ventilators to treat coronavirus patients," Ravi said, adding that the devices were put to use after receiving the performance and safety certificate from the Electronics and Quality Development Centre, a laboratory approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), "following intensive testing."
"Even Puducherry (administration) and the Maharashtra government have expressed their interest in purchasing Dhaman-1. We have also learned that the Centre, through a nodal agency, placed an order to purchase 5000 Dhaman-1 ventilators," Ravi noted.
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