The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India have come up with a bio-suit for medical as well as paramedics to keep them safe from the deadly coronavirus.
The Scientists at the various DRDO laboratories across the country applied their technical know-how and expertise in making the Personal Protective Equipment. The protective cover is made from a specific type of fabric.
The protective gear was subjected to various rigorous testing. The cloth also protects against synthetic blood. The organisation is trying to produce the suit in large numbers so that medics and others who handle coronavirus patients are safe.
A[part from this, the Vehicle Research Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, which is also a DRDO Laboratory, designed full body disinfection chamber. They are named Personal Sanitisation Enclosure. The PSE is designed for personnel decontamination. This is a portable system that is equipped with sanitiser and soap dispenser. On entering the chamber, electrically operated pump creates a disinfectant mist of hypo sodium chloride for disinfecting. The spray is calibrated for 25 seconds. About 650 personnel can pass through the chamber for disinfection until the refill is required.
Meanwhile, the DRDO laboratory at Hyderabad and Chandigarh – the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) — developed face protection mask for health care personnel handling the patients. A light weight mask, it is comfortable even if worn for long hours. About a 1000 face shields are produced daily in TBRL.
The DRDO is in the forefront in developing several innovative equipment and devices. The DRDO laboratory in Gwalior has developed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Permeable Suit Mk V. They hav provided more than 50,000 suit to the Disaster Management teams.
The Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi, is credited with making a reusable suit for radiological emergencies.