The need for hospital beds, oxygen and drugs will continue to increase at the current rate of the pandemic. said the industry body.

Indian industry has urged the government to deploy the armed forces and central security forces to manage the logistics, infrastructure and personnel needed to deal with the growing wave of COVID-19 cases in the country, warning that the requirement for hospital beds, oxygen and medication will continue to escalate at the current rate of the pandemic.

“At this critical juncture when the number of human lives is increasing, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) urges the strongest national measures, including reduction of economic activity to reduce suffering,” said the President CII, Uday Kotak, in the opening remarks of an industry lobby. group in favor of strict lockdown.

Calling for response measures at the highest level to the current crisis, Mr Kotak said: “Given the current pandemic situation, saving lives is of the highest priority and a maximum response measure at scale. national level at the highest level is required to cut transmission links. Health infrastructure and supply accumulation are urgently undertaken by central and state governments, but it will take time.

Stressing that India’s medical staff are already overworked and will come under new pressures without corrective action, the ICN chief said it may not be possible to handle an increasing workload with the current availability of medical talent. “We have to take into account the opinions of experts on this subject – from India and abroad. The highest response measures are needed to break the chain of contagion and also use the time needed to build capacity quickly, ”he said.

“Our maxim should be ‘no one is safe unless everyone is safe,’ Kotak said, adding that temporary medical facilities can be created with the help of the armed forces and the military. paramilitaries using existing infrastructure such as school / university premises, hangars, parks with tents, etc. as COVID-19 care facilities.

“Medical equipment for these facilities can be sourced from across the country via Indian Air Force flights or army trucks… Create a central asset mapping monitoring team to monitor the ‘supply of various essential critical care items as well as to predict possible occurrences of shortages and in a preventive manner. strengthen the capacities of States. Shortages can be brought to the attention of industry to help reach resources, ”he added.

Calling for rethinking India’s immunization policy, CII said immunization supplies should be distributed to states according to well-defined criteria. According to experts, population size, exposure and vulnerability can be mapped to deliver specific quantities required to states, he said, while calling for the urgent need to scale up testing in India as urban than rural.

“The test kit requirements can be met through imports or a ramp-up of domestic manufacturing, including rapid antigen self-test kits for home use. The premises of vacant educational institutions or other unused premises can be used for large-scale community testing facilities, ”said Mr. Kotak.

In addition to strengthening security in hospitals for medical personnel, the ICN also urged the government to tap into labor sources such as retired medical personnel, doctors and nurses, as well as students. in nursing and medicine awaiting exams. “Medical specialists, numbering around 25,000, aspiring PG doctors of 1.3 lakh and specialists not recognized by the Medical Council may be included with incentives to do the work of Covid ICU for one year,” he said. pleaded Mr. Kotak. “NRIs working overseas as doctors and nurses can be encouraged to return for a national cause for a brief period,” he concluded.