ICMR approves User-Friendly PPEs ‘NavRakshak’

Within a month, user-friendly Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kit known by the name ‘NavRakshak’ are expected to be available in the Indian market as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved it earlier this week for mass production and use in the country. One of the nine authorized NABL accredited laboratories for PPE prototype sample testing, the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (a DRDO laboratory) has also certified the PPE Kit after testing.

NavRakshak

The PPE Kit was developed by a naval doctor at the Innovation Cell of the Institute of Naval Medicine located at INHS Asvini in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The kit will be available in two versions: Single and Double ply. The entire kit will consist of face mask, headgear and a mid-thigh level show cover. The specialty of the Kit will be its enhanced breathability factor as compared to other PPEs available in the market, this will provide health workers working in the frontline against the pandemic a much-needed comfort while working for long hours.

The PPE will also not require any tapes and sealing machines as the quality of the fabric used for it is such a superior one that even it won’t require any plastic-like film or polymer lamination.

Production of NavRakshak PPEs

5 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have got the license for the production of the PPE Kit. The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has issued the licenses. More than 10 million NavRakshak PPEs are expected to be produced by 5 MSMEs together in a year.

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