PUNE: Ammunition Factory Khadki (AFK), a 150-year-old defence arms manufacturing hub, has joined the government’s efforts to fight coronavirus pandemic.
In pursuance of the directives of Ordnance Factory Board, Ministry of Defence, AFK has created a 30-bed isolation ward for COVID-19 patients in Pune.
“It is a part of the Ordnance Factory Board’s endeavour to put in place 285 beds to help in the fight against the spread of the disease. The isolation ward is equipped with all required equipment to enable isolation of COVID-19 patients,” stated a press release from AFK.
An adequate number of masks and sanitiser is the key to fight the disease. The demand for them is quite staggering. There is a real need to ramp up their production in the country.
“AFK has ventured into these areas to equip essential services staff members with masks and hand sanitiser. We have so far manufactured 700 face masks and 100 litres of hand sanitiser. On April 1, fifty bottles of hand sanitiser (100 ml each) were handed over to Khadki police station by MK Mohapatra, Senior General Manager, AFK, for usage by the local police,” the release further stated.
The employees of AFK have contributed a cumulative amount of Rs 1.15 crore towards the PM-Cares Fund. The contribution, deducted from their salaries/wages, will be remitted to the said fund on April 3, AFK officials said.