While most states said they do not have trained personnel to operate ventilators, others complained of unavailability of parts like humidifier kits and nozzles that are essential to run them.
Many even said that they had ventilators but no ICU facilities or adequate space to install them. Doctors in many states are not using them, fearing they may malfunction, endangering lives of patients.
TOI found out that only 83 of the 320 ventilators that three medical colleges in Punjab received under the PM Cares scheme, were functional. And, out of these 83, as many as 48 were not put to use as they were repaired recently and doctors were apprehensive of their efficacy.
In Bihar, almost half of the 109 ventilators sent to 13 districts are lying defunct because of lack of trained personnel. Sources in UP health department said about 20% of the 200 ventilators UP received are lying unused.