Prisoners raise the bar: after the masks, to make personal protective equipment in Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD: Being behind bars is no obstacle to contributing to the war against Covid-19.

Those in Ahmedabad, who have been making masks for the frontline Covid-19 warriors, have now begun manufacturing (PPE). Senior jail officials said 50 kits will initially be made each day. In the first stage, prisoners will make 500 kits for jail officials from the 28 jails in the state, said additional DGP, Jails, K L N Rao.

PPE kits are made from 70g non-woven fabric with lamination. The material was purchased from a local market in Changodar. “Soon, more kits will be made for other government agencies. They will also go on sale, Rao said. Each kit will cost 180-200 rupees and will be sold at the Jail Bhajiya Store near the RTO office, Rao said.

Arvind Parmar, manager of the jail factory, said: The Ahmedabad Central Jail has manufactured more than 50,000 masks and has received a new order from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for another 50,000 masks. Parmar said 7,000 masks have already been supplied to AMC.

Authorities said the jail makes about 2,000 masks a day. Each mask costs Rs 10, Parmar said.

The jail has taken several steps to fight Covid-19. “We have established a disinfection tunnel. Every prison official has to go through the tunnel when entering and leaving, ”said a prison official. “We have also established isolation rooms for the prisoners who are now being brought here. We are tested if the prisoners show symptoms of Covid-19.