New Delhi: Days after reports of a doctor having to wear raincoats due to lack of equipment came to the fore, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has come forward with a solution that assures safety of those taking the battle on the frontline. The DRDO has developed a ‘bio-suit’ to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel safe from the deadly virus.
DRDO has prepared a special sealant as an alternative to seam sealing tape based on the sealant used in submarine applications. Currently, bio suits prepared using this glue for seam sealing by an industry partner has cleared test at Southern India Textile Research Association (SITRA) in Coimbatore. The DRDO can mass produce this glue through industry to support the seam sealing activity by suit manufacturers.
The suit has been developed after scientists at various DRDO laboratories applied their technical know-how and expertise in textile, coating and nanotechnology with a specific type of fabric.
The protection against synthetic blood exceeds the criteria defined for body suits by the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW). The DRDO is also making all efforts to ensure that these suits are produced in large numbers and serve as robust line of defence for the medics, paramedics and other personnel engaged in battle against COVID-19.
With the current production capacity at 7,000 suits per day efforts are being made to ramp up the capacity to 15,000 suits per day. However, the DRDO has come across a hindrance in production due to non-availability of seam sealing tapes.