The Fact News Service
May 14: At a time when Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers and others on the frontline of the coronavirus fight is in huge demand, a village is Andhra Pradesh is producing thousands a day.
200 women of Lakkavaram village are producing masks, shoe covers and lab coats in bulk and supplying them to the state government. Each day, they produce 15,000 masks, 6,000 shoe covers and 5,000 lab coats. They make Rs 500 a day, at a time thousands have been left without jobs because of the nationwide shutdown.
The tailoring unit in the east Godavari region took an order from the state government to produce protective gear just a few weeks ago.
As the country went into lockdown in late March, the men of the village lost their jobs. The crisis has only driven these women to join the fight against Covid-19.
For units like this, the Andhra Pradesh government procured cloth officials say the total length could cover the distance from India to the US to get masks prepared by women attached to self-help groups across the state.
(with inputs from agencies)