OPEN MANUFACTURING CHALLENGE
We battled the first wave of Covid-19 with "The Ventilator Project" in 2020.
The second wave in 2021 calls for another battle and so we resolve to stand by our nation and people.
Under this challenge, selected manufacturing entities join us in producing
High-quality Indigenous Rapidly Scalable Oxygen Generation Units
for COVID-19 Emergency Response with SIIC, IIT Kanpur.
THE COVID-19 HEALTHCARE CRISIS
At a weekly average of 3.3 lakh COVID-19 cases across India, the healthcare system, both public and private, is stretched to far beyond its capacity. Hospitals have run out of drugs, beds, ventilators, and oxygen, and to make matters worse, we may soon face a shortage of frontline healthcare workers. Families crying for help outside COVID hospital, at oxygen refilling centres, and cremation grounds are all over media.
Fully aware of the challenges, people are looking for solutions to manage COVID-19 treatment at home as far as possible. However, these are not feasible if reliable life-saving equipment remains unavailable. Moreover, for patients from low-income families and rural areas, who solely depend on the public health system for quality medical care, the unavailability of resources has added to their misery.
As the centralized healthcare system faces a collapse, the Indian Government plans to import 1 Lakh oxygen concentrators using the PM CARES Fund. Countries across the world have extended a helping hand and to meet the local demand: oxygen concentrators from the UK, vaccine raw material from the US, oxygen generators and electric syringe pumps from France, and mobile oxygen generation pumps from Germany are already on their way or will be soon.
However, this is not the first time that India has sought external assistance during a crisis instead of channeling its resources locally to meet the surging demand. Can an attempt be made to build such solutions in the middle of this emergency caused by a raging pandemic?
WHAT CAN INDIAN INNOVATORS, STARTUPS, MSMES DO?
Indian entrepreneurship & innovation ecosystem must focus on strengthening our local capacities to ensure quality solutions for the current emergency and future to enable a more robust healthcare system. The COVID-19 situation has tragically brought home the fact that we must be self-reliant and self-sufficient.
By combining indigenous supply chain giants, robust start-up ecosystem, and the manufacturing capabilities of MSMEs, we can setup rapidly scalable manufacturing units of indigenous Oxygen Concentrators and Oxygen Generation Plants for sustainable production network across the country.
HOW WILL THIS HELP?
Stressed distribution networks, unavailable hospital beds, and scarce vital medicines have put quality healthcare out of reach of the common citizen. While all these are insurmountable challenges on their own, unavailability of Oxygen is the most crucial in our war against COVID-19.
As an emergency response to the raging pandemic and massive Oxygen shortage, we must start manufacturing affordable, rapidly scalable Oxygen generation plants, Oxygen concentrators, and other related equipment best suited to the unique needs of India.
VOCAL FOR LOCAL : WE DID IT IN 2020. LET'S DO THIS AGAIN IN 2021
Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) IIT Kanpur with our incubated company, Noccarc Robotics, developed a world-class, invasive ICU Ventilator in a record 90 days right in the middle of last year’s lockdown. As of today, over 1,000 units of the truly indigenous Noccarc V310 have been installed across India. The ventilator is a testament to the capability and skill-sets of Indian MSMEs & Startups.
Today, once again, we face a massive challenge of lack of medical oxygen.
To help overcome the immediate shortage and ensure that we are equipped for the future, SIIC IIT Kanpur has again stepped up to develop an indigenous, rapidly scalable model of a bedside oxygen concentrator. This will help bridge the availability gap for concentrators and oxygen plants and ease the pressure on the healthcare system to serve citizens.
Together, we must take the first steps towards saving the lives of fellow Indian and becoming a powerhouse of affordable, quality healthcare equipment developed and manufactured in India.