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Centre approves purchase of 1.5 lakh units of DRDO's 'Oxycare' system through PM CARES Fund

After the approval, the government will procure 1,00,000 manual and 50,000 automatic 'Oxycare' systems along with non-rebreather masks.
 

Centre approves purchase of 1.5 lakh units of DRDO's 'Oxycare' system through PM CARES Fund-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published May 12, 2021, 4:04 PM IST
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New Delhi: PM CARES Fund has granted sanction for procurement of 1,50,000 units of ‘Oxycare’ system developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at a cost of Rs 322.5 crore.

After the approval, the government will procure 1,00,000 manual and 50,000 automatic 'Oxycare' systems along with non-rebreather masks.

'Oxycare' is a SpO2-based oxygen supply system which regulates the oxygen being administered to patients based on the sensed SpO2 levels. It prevents the person from sinking into a state of hypoxia which can be fatal.

The system was developed by the Defence Bio-Engineering and Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL) in Bengaluru of the DRDO for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas. The system is indigenously developed for operation in field conditions and is robust.

A non-rebreather mask is a device that ensures the delivery of oxygen in emergency situations.

There are two variants of the DRDO system. The basic version consists of a 10-litre oxygen cylinder, a pressure regulator-cum-flow controller, a humidifier and a nasal cannula. In this model, the oxygen flow is regulated manually based on the SpO2 readings. The second one is equipped with electronic controls which automatically regulates the oxygen flow through a low-pressure regulator and a SpO2 probe.

This comes amid the huge increase in demand for medical supplies as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the country.

Over the last 24 hours, India reported a total of 3,48,421 new Covid-19 cases and 3,55,338 discharges, taking the country's total positive cases so far to 2,33,40,938. This includes 1,93,82,642 discharges and 2,54,197 deaths.

With 4,205 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, India reported another grim record of the highest single-day death toll in one day, as per data from the union health ministry.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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