India on Tuesday banned exports of sanitizers and extended the ban on ventilators to artificial respiratory apparatus, oxygen therapy apparatus and any other breathing appliance to plug any loopholes in exports of these critical healthcare items at a time the country is experiencing a sudden rise in Covid-19 cases.
“The move is aimed at preventing any scope for export of ventilators by alternate classifications,” a commerce ministry official said under condition of anonymity.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) last week banned export of surgical and disposable masks, all ventilators and textile raw material used for making masks with immediate effect in view of the growing number of cases of Covid-19 in India.
“The export of all ventilators, surgical/disposable masks only, and textile raw material for masks and coveralls only…has been prohibited, with immediate effect,” DGFT said in a notification.
India is staring at a shortage of ventilators as more people are expected to be admitted to hospitals that may require critical care. Sunday, as the spike in Covid-19 positive cases turns the spotlight on the need for life-saving and critical care equipment.