Amid 21-days nationwide lockdown in India, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been using scientific endeavours to develop products in an accelerated manner to combat COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of its efforts, DRDO has developed Personnel Sanitisation Enclosures (PSE) and Full Face Mask (FFM) to protect primarily healthcare professionals from novel coronavirus.
About Personnel Sanitisation Enclosure (PSE):
Personnel Sanitisation Enclosure (PSE) is a full body disinfection chamber which has been designed by Vehicle Research Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, a DRDO Laboratory. The PSE is equipped with sanitiser and soap dispenser, applicable for personnel decontamination, one person at a time. The chamber comprises of mist spray which has been calibrated for an operation of 25 seconds and stops automatically indicating completion of operation. It includes a tank of capacity 700 litres along with mounted roof and it can decontaminate 650 personnel until the refill is required.
About Full Face Mask (FFM):
A face protection mask “Full Face Mask” has been developed by Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad and Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh, for health care professionals handling COVID-19 patients. The light weight construction of the mask enables the user to wear it for long duration. It also comprises of commonly available A4 size Over-Head Projection (OHP) film for the protection of face. The holding frame is being manufactured with the help of Fused Deposition Modeling (3D printing).