Science and Technology Current Affairs - 2020

“Arogya Path”: Portal to provide health care supply updates launched

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Health Supply Chain portal called “Arogya Path” was launched to provide real-time availability of health care supplies.

Highlights

The Arogya path will serve suppliers, manufacturers and customers. It will act as an integrated platform to provide information about key health care goods that help customers to tackle following issues

  • Dependence on limited suppliers
  • Time-consuming Processes to identify quality products
  • Limited access to suppliers that supply standardized products
  • Lack of awareness about the current and latest launches.

Background

The National Health Emergency that is currently arising due to COVID-19 is disrupting ability to produce, supply chain disruptions and compromises in delivery of critical items. These issues can be addressed with the help of the portal.

Benefits

The portal helps suppliers and manufacturers to reach wide network of customers filling in gaps of connectivity between them. Also, it will help to create opportunities of business expansion and identify requirements of new products.

The portal will serve as a platform to generate awareness about the demand for new technologies. It will also help reduce wastage of resources.

ARPIT: Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation by Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force recently developed Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT). The pod is to be used to evacuate critical patients that are suffering from COVID-19.

Highlights

The Indian Air Force identified the need for an air evacuation system that will prevent the spread of infectious aerosols from the COVID-19 patients during air travel. This has now been fulfilled by ARPIT.

The Indian Air Force has used indigenous materials to develop ARPIT. This has been done in the intention of boosting Make in India initiative. The IAF has spent Rs 60,000 to develop the system. The system is also light weight as it was made from aviation certified material.

About ARPIT

The ARPIT uses HEPA, High frequency Particulate Air H 13 filters to support invasive ventilation. The machine also holds monitoring instruments such as pulse oximeter, defibrillator and infusion pumps. It also has space for long arm gloves and power packs.

The Indian Air Force is inducting 7 ARPITs as of now.