As Covid-19 crisis deepens, govt looks for protective suit manufacturers
The ministry of health is scouting for manufacturers who can produce body coveralls or PPE - a specialised protective suit meant for protection of healthcare workers while treating Covid-19 patients. In a statement, the health ministry said that technical standard for coveralls was prescribed as per World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and in accordance with ISO standards in the last week of January. But few international manufacturers had declined to take an order because of exhaustion of stocks and ban of exports by the source countries. The ministry was responding to reports that India is late in augmenting protective gear for its frontline health workers. M/s HLL Lifecare Limited has been designated as the single-window procurement agency for hospitals and healthcare organisations, the ministry said. Five indigenous manufacturers had come forward and offered fabric proto-types for testing at the accredited laboratory of South India Textiles research association (SITRA) in Coimbatore.