The ongoing coronavirus crisis has put a lot of pressure on the healthcare system of India. Now, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has come forward to support the Indian healthcare system by helping with the production of essentials like oxygen canisters, ventilators, and other supplies. According to an official, ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Center has put its main work on hold to take on these production activities.
Developing easy to use ventilators
The director of VSSC, S.Somanath, confirmed that the teams are working on coming up with a new, easy-to-use design for ventilators. While speaking to IANS, he said “We are designing ventilators that are different from what is already there. We are designing ventilators that can be operated in a simple manner when the power supply is not there.”
VSSC will only handle the designs
Keeping in mind the global shortage of ventilators, the development of easy-to-use models that can function without power would be of great help to the healthcare workers. Somanath clarified that the team at VSSC is only working on preparing the design of the machine. The agency will not handle production and manufacturing.
Manufacturing of other essential supplies
Somanath informed that along with the design of ventilators, the agency is also working to manufacture oxygen canisters, sanitizer, and masks. He said “We are making sanitizers for captive and also for the use of others. We have made over 1,000 liters. “
“Similarly, masks are being made by employee societies, ” he added.
Concerns over the country’s healthcare system
The support from the space agency comes amid the growing concerns over the country’s ability to tackle a major outbreak of the deadly disease.
A number of healthcare workers have complained about the shortage of essential supplies over the past few weeks.
Other than ISRO, Mahindra Group and Maruti Suzuki have also been working to increase the production of ventilators. According to ICMR, if the situation in India worsens, hospitals would require ventilators on the scale of thousands.