PCP News Pune/Delhi (Spl Corres) : In a significant development, India has now achieved an almost unrealistic goal of producing 2.06 lakh PPE kits daily within two months after the Corona Virus outbreak. As per US Media the highest single-day production of PPE kits, around 2.06 lakh kits, was recorded on May 2. However, on average, domestic production is about 1.5 lakh per day.
A PPE kit consists of a mask, eye shield, shoe cover, gown and gloves, which doctors and healthcare workers wear during the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Speaking to PCP News Agency, a senior Health Ministry official said that that there was no domestic manufacturing of PPE kit in the country and almost all of them were imported. “It is very comforting to us that our in-house PPE kit production is increasing fast. On May 2, the country recorded maximum production of protective gears of about 2.06 lakh manufactured in a single day,” a senior Health Ministry official told PCP News Agency. India has been able to increase the daily production of PPE kits to about 1.5 lakh,” he added.
The government has identified at least 110 domestic manufacturers of PPE kits in the country. However, only 52 companies are manufacturing PPE kits right now. “In January, there were only 2.75 lakh PPE kits (imported ones) available in the country. As of today, we have about 15.96 lakh PPE kits in the Center-State Buffer Stock,” added the official. PCP/IDN/DJ 11 40