PPE

CBI alerts states on gangs selling toxic & fake hand sanitisers, PPE kits

The CBI has alerted the police in all the states and Union territories and other law-enforcement agencies about an Interpol input warning about racketeers selling fake hand sanitiser, manufactured using the highly-toxic methanol, and another gang posing as PPE and other COVID-19-related medical suppliers, officials said on Monday. After getting the input, the Central Bureau...

50,000 PPE kits imported from China fail quality test

As the country continues its battle against the coronavirus, China, the world’s main supplier of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, has sent some poor quality kits to India, which were found to be unusable as they failed the safety tests, The Economic Times reported on Thursday. However, the ones which failed the quality checks were...

China sent 6.5 lakh kits for India’s COVID-19 battle: Govt

China has dispatched 6.5 lakh coronavirus medical kits to India to help in quickly identifying and isolating COVID-19 patients, India’s ambassador to China confirmed on Thursday. The shipment, part of a total order of around 20 lakh kits to be delivered over 15 days, includes Rapid Antibody Test kits— a blood-based test that is more...

Assam becomes first state to directly import PPE from China

Assam has become the first state in the country to directly import personal protective equipment (PPE) kits from China to beef up stock of the commodity needed to combat COVID-19. A cargo plane carrying 50,000 PPE kits from Guangzhou in China landed at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati on Wednesday evening after...

IIT-K researchers develop PPE kit that would cost less than Rs100

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has developed a cheaper alternative to the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kit to help overcome its shortage for frontline workers battling the coronavirus crisis. The team claims that the kit is as safe as the standard PPE suits, but would cost less than Rs100...

No shortage of PPE & HCQ in India: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday dispelled concerns over the availability of personal protective gear (PPE) and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets in India. Addressing the daily presser, Health Ministry’s joint secretary Lav Aggarwal said that the fear around the dearth of PPEs was unfounded and misguided. He said that contrary to popular belief, PPE does not...

Amid acute shortage & uproar, India sends protective gear to Serbia for combating coronavirus

Amid a huge crunch of protective gear for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients, India has exported 90 tons of medical equipment and safety gear to Serbia. The matter was discovered after a tweet from the Serbian wing of the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) which is providing support to coronavirus-affected nations. The health ministry denied...
Shortage of protective gear: Doctors wearing raincoat, helmet while combating coronavirus, claims report

Shortage of protective gear: Doctors wearing raincoat, helmet while combating coronavirus, claims report

Shortages of protective health gear in the country are forcing some doctors to use raincoats and motorbike helmets while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Centre on Monday said it was trying to procure bulk quantities of such gear, called personal protective equipment (PPE), domestically and from South Korea and China to meet the shortages. But more...