Kerala Gets Prisoners in Jails to Make Face Masks to Solve Shortage among Coronavirus Crisis
With the number of positive coronavirus cases in India rising, face masks and hand sanitizers have perhaps become some of the most coveted properties that people can currently own.
And with union and state governments are scrambling to provide the utmost care and precaution to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, one state seems to have got the problem of lack of masks under control.
Even as the number of confirmed COVID-cases rose to over 90 in India, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Twitter to Saturday night to share a novel solution his government has come up with to maintain a steady supply of masks. The government has got convicted prisoners in state prisons to manufacture masks.
Vijayan shared images of bundles of blue face masks with the caption, “Solving the mask shortage”.
“In light of the shortage, directions were given to engage the prisons in the State in manufacturing masks,” he wrote, adding, “It has commenced on a war footing basis. Today, the Prison officials of Thiruvananthapuram Jail have handed over the first batch.
Kerala has employed tailoring units in state jails to produce the masks. It has even sought to increase its supply of hand sanitizers through the Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (KSDP), which is set to produce 10 lakh bottles of hand sanitizers withing ten days, Economic times reported.
The decision brought a lot of cheer on social media with many praising the Kerala government’s preparedness in dealing with the crisis.
With over 5,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, almost the entire world is on the brink of a global shortage of masks and sanitizers, which started to disappear off store shelves. Customers from several places including Delhi and Noida have complained of masks being sold at exorbitant prices. N 95 masks were allegedly being sold at Rs 500 while masks that were previously sold at Rs 10 were being sold at Rs 40