India is investing more than Rs 1,500 crore in micro medical equipment to treat flu-like symptoms, including in the cities of Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
The capital, which has a large number of small companies in the field of micromedical instruments, said it has invested in a research lab, a diagnostic laboratory and a diagnostic instrument manufacturing plant to create more than 1,000 diagnostic devices, such as those used to treat cold and influenza.
The government has launched the National Micro Instrument Manufacturing Centre to encourage Indian manufacturers to make medical devices that are small and portable.
It is also setting up a Centre for the Manufacturing of Micro Instruments (CMMI) in Bengaluru.
The CMMI will be led by Dr Suresh Gupta, an associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and chairperson of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Delhi.
It is a joint venture of the government and private sector.
The Indian government is also set to make micro medical devices a priority in the coming months with the government setting up an office in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bengal, Delhi and Mumbai to focus on manufacturing medical devices for the country’s poor.