Kudos! Indian Railways manufactures low-cost ventilator prototype for COVID-19 patients in a week’s time

Indian Railways’ Rail Coach Factory becomes first PSU to develop prototype of ventilator! The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) situated in Kapurthala, has developed a prototype of a ventilator to be used in the isolation wards or quarantine facilities which Indian Railways is creating in train coaches across the network.

According to an IE report, this development is the first such breakthrough by a production unit and RCF came out with the prototype within a week of receiving the instructions from the government to explore the possibility of making ventilators. The prototype has an original design and will cost almost a fraction of what the regular ventilators cost.

The prototype has been named ‘Jeevan’ and now, the Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR will conduct the final testing of the prototype. The test and results by ICMR will affirm whether the ventilator will be put for production across the Indian Railways network.

The in-house medical professionals of Rail Coach Factory have tested the prototype and given the approval for the same. Ravinder Gupta, General Manager, RCF has said that the cost of the ventilator will be under Rs 10,000 without the compressor.

So, overall, the cost will still remain to be a fraction of what the other regular ventilators are priced in the market.

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