‘90m of 230m orders for syringes ready’

‘90m of 230m orders for syringes ready’

BENGALURU: Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices (HMD) and Iscon Surgicals, the two firms that bagged orders for more than 230 million syringes to aid the country’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, have already manufactured 90 million pieces. The entire order is to be fulfilled by March 2021.
Iscon of Jodhpur and the Faridabad-based HMD are the only firms contracted by the government to supply syringes. The Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoH&FW) issued dispatch instructions on Thursday for 70 million syringes which will soon reach various government warehouses. “Of the 177.6 million syringes we had to deliver by March, we’ve already manufactured 70 million,” HMD managing director Rajiv Nath said. “Today, we got the nod to ship these out. It amounts to 115 truckloads of devices. We’ve also been told to prepare for additional orders, which will be issued soon.”
Sandeep Bhandari, vicepresident, Iscon, which has already manufactured 20 million of the 52.2 million syringes it was contracted to produce, said the firm is yet to get dispatch orders. “Until the government lifts stock, we won’t be able to make more devices given the storage constraints,” he said, adding that the firm is expecting an additional order for about 100 million syringes.
Pointing out that raw material cost has gone up by around 40% in the past four months, Bhandari urged the government to dispose of invoices early. “We understand the unprecedented times Covid has created, but we want to contribute to the country,” he said.
Both Nath and Bhandari said they were supplying devices at less than Rs 2 per piece. “It’s around Re 1.6,” Bhandari said.

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