This wonderful news comes to us from Kerala, India.
Prison inmates in the state of Kerala, under the auspices of the Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services Department, have made 10 lakh masks in the last 3 months. The concerned department had decided to start the production of masks in order to make up for their shortage in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
S. Santosh, DIG of Prisons, says, “In the first two months of the lockdown, our masks manufacturing units were in full swing which helped us in preparing 10 lakh masks in three months. In the initial months, masks were in high demand and we used to produce around 13,000 masks per day. All the prisons in the state were producing single use masks, reusable cotton single layered and double layered masks. In these three months, we also made 15,000 liters of sanitizers.”
Now, the demand for the masks has gone down and there has been stockpiling of masks in jails in Kerala. Keeping this in mind, the department has brought down the production of masks by almost 40-50%. Santosh says, “We stopped making single use masks altogether, in some jails there are around 40,000 pieces in stock. Once schools reopen the demand for masks may rise and we will increase their production accordingly.
The produced masks have been supplied to health workers and also sold through jail outlets in the different districts of Kerala. As of now, double layered and single layered masks are being sold for Rs 15 and RS 10 respectively while a bottle of sanitizer costs Rs 15.
We need more initiatives like the above to ensure that all sections of society can contribute handsomely towards issues like the COVID-19 pandemic.
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