OFB units making coveralls for warriors

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OFB units making coveralls for warriors

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 | PNS | New Delhi

Responsible for manufacturing state-of-the-art weapons and ammunition for the armed forces, the Ordnance Factory Board(OFB)units are now working round the clock producing more than one lakh coveralls to the frontline fighters of coronavirus pandemic.  And pitching in the national effort, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has indigenously developed COVID sample collection kiosk costing about Rs 1lakh.  Both the premier organisations are also manufacturing and supplying sanisitisers to various agencies now engaged in the battle against the disease.

Giving details of the contribution of the OFB factories, defence ministry officials said here on Tuesday the OFB has started supply of coveralls conforming to ISO Class 3 exposure standards. Manufacture of initial order of 1.10 lakh from HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) is in full swing. This order will be completed in 40 days.

This is in addition to the Factories Board developing special two-metre tents which can be used for medical emergency, screening, hospital triage and quarantine purposes. These are made up of waterproof fabric, mild steel and aluminium alloy. Supplies have already started.

Similarly, manufacture of hand sanitiser is on war footing and more than 70,000 litres have already been supplied to different agencies.  Two test facilities for blood penetration test has been established, one at Chennai and another at Kanpur. 

The OFB has also set aside 280 beds in 10 hospitals for isolation. This has been done as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) requirement. The OFB is also trying to produce face masks as per pilot order quantity placed by HLL.

More than 90,000 non-medical masks have been manufactured and distributed. Testing facilities for medical masks would also be in place by this week.

As regards the DRDO, they said its Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad has developed COVID Sample Collection Kiosk (COVSACK) in consultation with the doctors of Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Hyderabad.

The COVSACK is a kiosk for use by healthcare workers for taking COVID-19 samples from suspected infected patients. Patient under test walks into the Kiosk and a nasal or oral swab is taken by health care professional from outside through the built-in gloves.

The Kiosk is automatically disinfected without the need for human involvement, making the process free of infection spread.

The COVSACK costs nearly Rs 1lakh and the identified industry based at Belgaum, Karnataka can support 10 units per day. The DRDO has designed and developed two units and handed over these to ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad after successful testing.

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