Unfortunate to see PM’s ‘Make in India’ dream being bulldozed, says AiMeD
The Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) has expressed its dismay over FICCI’s ‘Un-Make in India’ drive.
“Nothing could have been worse than what FICCI Medical Devices Division is doing at the behest of MNCs lobby. Much to our dismay and disappointment, FICCI Medical Devices Division is working against the interest of domestic medical device manufacturers. Its ‘Un-make in India’ campaign amounts to bulldozing the Make in India dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD).
Nath said, “The decision to permit the import of pre-owned medical devices is in contravention to India’s recently launched National Medical Device Policy-2023 that seeks to make our country not only Atma Nirbhar in medical devices but also the global leader. The OM is a regressive step that has confused the investors who have been putting up manufacturing capacity in the last few years in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for self-reliance.”
Expressing concern over how the vested interests under the patronage of an organisation like FICCI Medical Devices Division are being encouraged to break the spine of domestic players, Nath said, “MSMEs are working day in and day out to make medical devices and equipment in India, thereby not only to strengthen the clarion call of Make in India given by the PM but to make healthcare affordable for all.”
“Cautioning against the repercussions of the move by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and MoH&FW, Gaurav Agarwal, MD, Innvolution Healthcare said that the utilisation of refurbished equipment under the guise of C-arms and advanced X-ray systems for performing catheterisation procedures is both misleading and potentially hazardous. Against the need for 500 cath labs a year to serve the Indian population, Indian manufacturers can manufacture more than 600 indigenised cath labs which play a critical role in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases, and it is essential that these facilities meet the highest standards of quality, reliability, and patient safety,” he said, adding that by importing refurbished equipment, we miss the opportunity to nurture a robust ecosystem of innovation, research, and development in the medical technology sector.
Nath added, “The entire development smacks of a larger conspiracy, as the move to finish the domestic medical device industry raises concerns for the safety of patients, e-waste dumping, and the affordability and reliability of foreign make equipment. The quality and affordability of healthcare are going to be a sure short casualty for which FICCI Medical Devices Division has conspired with their MNC friends.”
Cautioning against the policy of allowing free imports of old, used and discarded medical equipment from other countries, Suresh Vazirani, Chairman of India’s largest IVD company, Transasia Bio-Medicals said, “The use of old, discarded medical equipment can not only be dangerous for the lives of our fellow Indians but it will destroy our PM Modi’s dream of making India Atma Nirbhar in medical technology.”
“India’s retrograde policy will allow Western countries to ship all old equipment to India and thereby prevent their own countries from getting environmentally polluted with discarded pollutants in medical equipment,” Vazirani further added.
The AiMeD functionary said Indian medical device manufacturers not only meet the domestic demands but also export equipment to over 100 countries across the world, meeting international standards and safety certification. The import of pre-used medical devices from MNCs not only goes against the spirit of Make in India but will also deal a body blow to indigenous MSMEs engaged in making world-class medical devices and equipment.