The Ordnance Factory in Kolkata’s Dum Dum has prepared around 1,500 face shields for frontline healthcare personnel working to fight Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Kolkata headquartered Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) recently got the nod from Defence Ministry to manufacture the protective shields.
The face shields will guard a person’s nose, mouth and ears. Currently, the shields are being produced only in Dum Dum Ordnance Factory in the eastern region. Other places in the country where these shields are being made are Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Chandrapur in Maharashtra.
The face shields are made of unbreakable material which can survive temperatures from -20°C to 80°C. They can also be washed with sanitisers and reused. The shields have already been distributed to healthcare personnel in Kolkata’s RG Kar Hospital and ESI Hospital.
Various ordnance factories are making personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, sanitisers and ventilators. They are being made in five ordnance factories in the country including the ones in Kanpur, Ghaziabad and Chennai. The quality of the produced equipment is being tested at the factories under OFB in Bengal and Mumbai.