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ICMR to test prototype: Railway unit first to make ventilator

The heart of the device is the compressed air container to work the Ambu bag with air without any moving parts like servo motor or piston or link mechanism.

ICMR to test prototype: Railway unit first to make ventilator The prototype has been named Jeevan. (Source: RCF Kapurthala)

Within a week of receiving instructions from the government about “exploring the possibility” of making ventilators, the Railways’ Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala on Saturday came out with a prototype that has an original design and will cost a fraction of what regular ventilators cost.

The first such breakthrough by a production unit, the prototype named Jeevan will now go for final testing at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) before being put to production to aid the country’s fight against COVID-19, the Railway Ministry decided Saturday. In-house medical professionals of the production unit have tested the unit and given it a go-ahead.

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