Haven’t receive even one PPE kit from Union govt so far: Kejriwal


COVID-19 death toll in India exceeded 100 on Saturday, with the country reporting 104 deaths, including three in Tamil Nadu.

In India 3,500 confirmed cases have been reported across the country, as per the Health Ministry and State government data.

Secondly, over 1,000 positive cases traced to Rablughi Jamat event in Delhi. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that there is a shortage of PPE kits for health workers in Delhi amid the coronavirus pandemic. He added, “We have written to the Centre to supply the kits, essential for our doctors and nurses. But we haven’t received even one PPE kit from the Union government so far.”

“India lost around five weeks in the production capacity of PPEs. If we would have been provided with the specifications and the basic numbers of stockpiling required, we would have set targets and managed accordingly.” Sanjiiiv, Chairman of the Preventive Wear Manufacturer Association of India said.

As per the report, over the past week, there have been various reports of doctors resorting to wearing raincoats, helmets and other alternatives due to the shortage of PPE kits. Now, both the PWMAI and Sanjiiiv have been working closely with the Centre in resolving the problems around shortage of PPEs.

Further Sanjiiiv said,we never received a mail till 21 March. If the government had replied and provided the specifications by around 21 February instead, then we would have been able to make adequate arrangements.