Mobile handset maker Bhagawati Products that produces gadgets under Micromax brand has entered into an agreement with TWorks, a Telangana government initiative, to manufacture the mechanical ventilators being developed for the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a part of this, Micromax has agreed to take up production of the ventilators at its manufacturing facility located at E-City in Hyderabad outskirts.
This comes weeks after TWorks in collaboration with the Hyderabad ecosystem of startups and corporations announced developing a bag valve mask or BVM, popularly known as Ambu bag-based affordable ventilator for emergency use.
The affordable mechanical ventilator was developed in collaboration with hardware startups and corporates from Hyderabad including Qualcomm, Honeywell, Spectrochem Instruments, Entesla, Althion, Trishula and ConserVision. The team is currently working on incorporating certain advanced features useful for medical professionals.
Chief executive of TWorks Sujai Karampuri said with the manufacturing expertise of Micromax and advance on licensing fee, TWorks hopes to deliver the best-in-class ventilator for Covid-19 in a short time frame. Micromax’s co-founder and chairman Rajesh Agarwal said the company was excited to partner with the Telangana state “in providing low-cost ventilators.”
While intensive care units of hospitals generally have a high-pressure piped oxygen supply, emergency field hospitals and rural healthcare centres might not be as equipped and hence a provision for cylinder-based oxygen supply was incorporated into the design of mechanical ventilator.
TWorks said the device will go through testing and certification followed by clinical validation for use during emergency pandemic situations.