The national transporter said it has got a nod from Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to manufacture PPEs
PPE kits are used by medical personnel working in isolation areas and intensive care units (ICU) to protect them from infections
Indian railways on Tuesday said it is gearing up to make 1,000 personal protective equipments (PPEs) for doctors and paramedics, treating and taking care of patients suffering from covid-19 at railway hospitals.
Towards this, the national transporter said it has got a nod from Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to manufacture PPEs.
“A coverall produced by Jagadhari workshop was recently cleared by a DRDO lab, authorised for the purpose. Approved design and material will now be used for making this protective overall by other workshops under different zones," an official statement said, adding that 17 workshops will strive to contribute to the exercise of making PPEs.
“Railways is considering to supply 50% of the innovated PPE garment to other medical professionals of the country," it said.
PPE kits are used by medical personnel working in isolation areas and intensive care units (ICU) to protect them from infections. The government has urged domestic firms to manufacture and ramp up supplies to meet the increasing demand for PPEs. Last week, the union health ministry had said that the government has already place order for more than 1.5 crore PPEs, for which supply has already begun. On Monday, a batch of 170,000 PPEs coveralls arrived from China.
Material for all the coveralls is being procured centrally at Jagadhari, which is near several big textile industries in Punjab.
“Technical specifications of these PPEs are now ready, and material suppliers are in place. Now the production can start...This development is a big boost to equip our doctors and paramedics on the front line of this battle against covid -19," the ministry said.
“In the days to come, the production facilities can be further ramped up. The development of this overall and innovation by Indian railways is being welcomed by other government agencies engaged in the war against covid-19," it said.