Furthering its commitment to serving the community at large, MG Motor India has today started the hunt for a quick-to-produce ventilator design to serve the patients affected by COVID-19.
Post evaluation by a team of medical experts, the best ventilator design concept will receive a grant of INR 10 lakh from MG Motor India. The carmaker will also provide production support for the proposed ventilator prototype at its Halol manufacturing facility to ensure swifter market deployment.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Rajeev Chaba, President & MD – MG Motor India, said,
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a dire need of ventilators to take care of the growing number of patients. There is an extreme shortage of ventilators in the country and those available are very expensive for mass adoption. As a responsible corporate citizen, MG Motor India is committed to fighting this pandemic. Incentivizing medical innovation through a financial grant to the most viable prototype is the most effective channel to do our bit for the community.
The carmaker has called for submission of these entries under the MG Developer Program & Grant on its website: https://www.mgmotor.co.in/world-of-mg/events/mg-afforadable-ventilator-challenge. In keeping with the critical need for swift deployment of affordable ventilators, the last date of submitting applications is April 15, 2020.
The MG Developer Program & Grant, launched in September 2019, is a novel initiative undertaken by MG to nurture innovative ideas in the automotive space.
Tech Feature List
During the Empowered Group Meeting (for ensuring availability of essential Medical equipment) held on 30.03.2020 at 03:00 PM in Room 152 Udyog Bhawan, it was, inter alia, decided that the Technical Committee of DRDO shall identify the essential technical features for ventilators for COVID-19, which shall be put on the website of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
and HLL Lifecare Ltd.
The same have been received from Director General Life Sciences, DRDO (Chairman Technical Committee) and are as below:
Essential Technical Features for Ventilator for COVID-19
- The machine should be turbine/compressor based because the
installation sites might not have central Oxygen Lines.
- The machine should have Invasive, non-invasive and CPAP features to
make them versatile.
- 200-600 ML tidal volume, Lung Mechanics Display
- Monitoring of Plateau Pressure, PEEP, PS, oxygen concentration, lung
mechanics/inverse ratio (I:E)
- Pressure & volume control & PSV
- Continuous working capability for 4-5 days”
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