In the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has already crippled the economies of many nations including India, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) announced the first-of-its-kind sophisticated Ventilator Prototype – an automated version of bag valve mask ventilator which most commonly known as Ambu bag. The M&M ventilators are most likely to cost Rs 7,500 which otherwise costs up to Rs 10 lakh and these ventilators are expected to be available very soon.
The ICU ventilators are the need of the hour in the challenging times as these high-specs machines would act as an interim lifesaver when the infection rate of COVID-19 in India was reported to be 1.7 with confirmed total number of 694 cases, 44 recoveries, 1 migration and 16 deaths in the nation.
In a tweet, Mr Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group applauded his team of engineers who were working hard at the company’s Igatpuri and Mumbai plants to make the first Mahindra & Mahindra Ambu Bag Ventilator prototype within just 48 hours.
What is an ambu bag ventilator?
The recently announced Artificial Manual-Breathing Unit (Ambu) Bag by the engineering teams of Mahindra & Mahindra company is a self-inflating machine. This game changer device is typically manufactured to help COVID-19 patients who are suffering from the breathing problems. A medical ventilator which has developed by a prototype of a bag valve mask is expected to work as a large number of low cost lifesavers.
“We are simultaneously working with an indigenous maker of ICU ventilators. These are sophisticated machines costing ₹5-10 lakhs. This device is an interim lifesaver and the team estimates that it will cost below ₹7,500,” Mahindra had said in his tweet. “We will seek guidance from specialists on the usefulness of the device.”
M&M Ventilators to be ready in 3 days
Mr Pawan Goenka, the Managing Director at M&M while sharing the organisation’s two-pronged approach to reduce ventilators shortage said on Twitter that the company hopes to have the prototype ready in 3 days for approval.
Once we get approval from the Indian Government, this design will be made available to all for manufacturing. He had added that M&M has teamed up two state-owned companies and an undisclosed manufacturer to simplify design and scale up production of ventilators in India.
“We along with 2 large PSUs are working with an existing manufacturer of high spec ventilators to help them to simplify design and scale up capacity. Our engineering team is right now with them working on it,” Goenka had said. We at Mahindra are overwhelmed with pouring in of support from individuals and companies for our effort to make available ventilators.” he added further.