Coronavirus: Indian Railways to prepare PPE kits for medical staff

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 8 April 2020

The Indian Railways (IR) has taken up the in-house production of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits as a mission. The entire production by Jagadhari workshop was recently cleared by a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) lab. Around 17 workshops will contribute to this exercise.

Pune: Railway services across the nation have come to a standstill as part of the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. But from the past many years, Indian Railways have been a treasured part of the Indian ecosystem; as a result, the lockdown isn’t discontinuing the railways from doing their best to keep the virus at bay.

The Indian Railways (IR) has taken up the in-house production of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits as a mission. The entire production by Jagadhari workshop was recently cleared by a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) lab. Around 17 workshops will contribute to this exercise.

“Approved design and material will now be used for making the protective kits which were designed by other workshops under different zones. These PPE kits will offer much-needed protection to railway doctors and paramedics working on the front line of COVID care at hospitals of the railways,” said a senior officer of Railway Board, New Delhi,” said an officer.

According to the official, the railways are considering supplying 50 per cent of the innovated PPE garment to other medical professionals of the country. Material for all the kits is being procured centrally at Jagadhri which is located near many big textile industries in Punjab.

The production facilities can be further ramped up. The development of these kits and innovation by Indian Railways is being welcomed by other government agencies engaged in the war against COVID.

“Technical specifications of these PPE kits are now ready, and material suppliers are in place. Now the production can start at the earliest. This development is a significant boost to equip our doctors and paramedics on the front line of this battle against COVID-19.

“Indian Railways is aiming to produce three sets per sewing machine per hour for as many days as required in its production units and workshops,” the officer further added.

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