Berhampur, June 20 (LocalWire): Members of women Self-Help Groups in Ganjam district have begun production of N-95 masks after producing cloth masks and personal protective suits for the COVID warriors.
Members of the Radhakant Women SHG in Ganjam are preparing the N-95 masks at an affordable price with the support of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Ganjam.
The mask was designed by the project director of DRDA Ganjam, Sidharth Shankar Swain.
The N95 masks are so called as these are a US standard which require masks to be able to filter out at least 95% of very small particles, including droplets containing the coronavirus
“N95 masks are in high demand among the frontline workers, who deal with COVID patients on a daily basis,” said Swain.
“We procured the materials required for the production of said masks from the market and have made them available to the SHGs.
The cost of the mask adds up to around Rs 25 after production, while it sells at the open market in the range of Rs 250 to 400,” he said.
“We have already made some samples and these are getting appreciated by the medical staff,” said the president of Radhakant SHG, Meera Rani Padhy.
At least 35 members of the SHG, including some migrant returnees who were working in the garment industry in Mumbai have been engaged in this work, while Madan Mohan Padhy, a tailor master, is imparting training to them.
“We are planning to engage more people who have returned from outside states, particularly those who had been working in the garment industry,” said Padhy.
It may be noted that members of the WSHGs had earlier produced around 1900 fully covered personal protection suits and around 35,000 cotton masks after getting orders for the same from DRDA Ganjam.