Following DRDO lab clearance for an overall produced by its Jagadhari workshop, Indian Railways has now taken up the in-house production of PPE type overall on a mission mode with its facilities being geared up to make up to 1,000 such protective overall for Railways doctors and paramedics every day.
Railways is also considering to supply 50 percent of the innovated PPE garment to other medical professionals of the country to provide them much needed protection.
Material for all the overalls is being procured centrally at Jagadhari which is located near many big textile industries in Punjab, a government press release 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.
“Technical specifications of these PPEs are now ready, and material suppliers are in place. Now the production can start in earnest. This development is a big boost to equip our doctors and paramedics on the front line of this battle against Covid -19,” the Ministry of Railways said.
It may be noted that this internal effort of Railways is over and above a centralised request projected to Government of India and also indicated to HLL through Indent.
Development of this kind of PPE in a quick time can set a benchmark for others to follow and this will help boost the production of one the most vital protection for those on the front line of COVID care at hospitals.