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Country-made ventilator waiting for NoC from DGHS: Palak

| Updated: May 01, 2020 09:45:03


Country-made ventilator waiting for NoC from DGHS: Palak

Walton is ready to produce ventilators and mechanical breathing devices with the technical support from the US-based medical device and solution providing company Medtronic.

State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak gave the information while addressing a virtual press briefing on Tuesday, reports BSS.

“We have been able to produce world-class ‘WPB 560’ in our country and functional prototypes of three models of the ventilator would soon be handed over to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for clinical trial,” he said.

He added that after receiving no objection certificate (NoC) from DGHS, Bangladeshi brand Walton would be able to go into production on commercial level, an official release said.

“Of the three models of the functional prototype, one ‘WPB 560’ was jointly produced by Walton and Medtronic, the other two ‘WCV-20’ and ‘WAB-20’ were own invention of the Bangladeshi technological company. We are hoping that we would be able to meet the demand of ventilators with our country-made products,” Palak added.

The state minister for ICT Division also thanked LICT Project of his division for coordinating between Medtronic and Walton to take this work forward.

Apart from Walton, 18 other ventilators were made by a2i innovation lab, which are now being evaluated.

ICT Division Senior Secretary N M Zeaul Alam, ITES Policy Adviser of LICT Project Sami Ahmed, Walton’s Ventilator Project head Engineer Golam Morshed, Walton director Liyakat Ali, Medtronic representative and newsmen attended the virtual briefing, among others.

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