MUMBAI: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in fake and inauthentic certificates endorsing a host of key medical products --right from masks, PPE kits, oximeters, thermometers, sanitizers, diagnostic kits and, even ventilators. This has given rise to medical products of sub-standard or questionable quality being sold, and used by end-users like hospitals, jeopardizing the safety of healthcare workers and patients. Earlier the extent of the problem was limited to about 20% of manufacturers, which increased to over 80% recently with the entry of new players. The rise of Covid-19 cases in March-April triggered a huge demand for these medical devices and equipment, leading to a mushrooming of cottage industries, some with poor quality control and inadequate knowledge
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