From scratch India now produces around 2 lakh PPE kits per day

NEW DELHI: India, which did not manufacture even a single kit (PPE), has now achieved an almost unrealistic goal of producing PPE kits of 2.06 lakh per day within two months of the outbreak.

The highest single-day production of PPE kits, around 2.06 lakh kits, was recorded on May 2. However, on average, national production is about 1.5 lakh per day.

A PPE kit consists of a mask, an eye shield, a shoe cover, a gown, and gloves, which are worn by doctors and healthcare workers when treating patients with COVID-19.

It is very comforting for us that our in-house production of EPP kits increases rapidly. On May 2, the country registered a maximum production of protective gears of approximately 2.06 lakh manufactured in a single day, a senior official of the Ministry of Health told ANI.

Previously, there was no domestic manufacture of PPE kits in the country and almost all of them were imported. In a short period of time, India has been able to increase the daily production of PPE kits to approximately 1.5 lakh, he said.

In January, there were only 2.75 lakh PPE kits (imported) available in the country. As of today, we have around 15.96 lakh PPE kits in the center-state buffer stock, the official added.

The government has identified at least 110 national manufacturers of PPE kits in the country. However, only 52 companies are manufacturing PPE kits at this time.

Companies like JCT Phagwara, Gokaldas Exports, Aditya Birla, etc., are some of the national manufacturers of EPP kits.

The official added: As of now, the central government has distributed around 21.32 lakh PPE kits to the Center and state hospitals. At least 15.96 lakh EPP kits are in the Central-State buffer reserve.

Recently, the central government's Empowered Group 3 had reported that the total projected demand for PPE kits as of June 2020 would be Rs 2.01 million.

PPE kits of Rs 2.22 million have already been ordered, of which Rs 1.42 million has been placed with domestic manufacturers and 80 Lakh PPE kits are being imported.

Some government institutes such as the South Indian Textile Research Association (SITRA), the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Artillery Factory Board are at the forefront of developing new technologies, materials and test facilities . DRDO has also developed a new PU coated nylon/polyester to supply to domestic manufacturers.