Coronavirus Outbreak: Delhi Cabinet Approval to Purchase PPE Kits from Local Businesses

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet gave the go-ahead for City Hospitals' purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits from local manufacturers and suppliers at a market rate not to exceed Rs 1,087.47, amid of growing demand amid the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking to IANS, officials from the Delhi Health Department said Sunday that the decision was made as the city's hospitals faced a severe shortage of kits.

In view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases and the shortage of PPE kits, immediate steps are being taken to obtain an adequate number of PPE kits based on cabinet approval, the order signed by Padmini Singla, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) he said.

The cabinet approved that procurement of PPE kits can be done by individual hospitals or CPAs from local manufacturers and suppliers at a market rate, provided the rates are less than or comparable to HLL rates, the health official said.

HLL Lifecare Limited has quoted Rs 1087.47 per kit, the official added.

The Central Procurement Agency (CPA) is the nodal agency for the procurement of all items required by health facilities under the Delhi government.

In Delhi, the total number of cases was 445 on Sunday morning, with six deaths so far.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has demanded kits from the Center. However, so far we have not received any kits from the Center, the official said.

The official said that with the limited stock remaining in hospitals, the Department has now allowed hospitals to purchase the kits.

We cannot let our medical personnel work without protective kits, the official said.

About 10 members of the health staff, including doctors, have tested positive for coronavirus in Delhi, and the number reaches more than 50 across the country.