COVID-19 impact: IIT-B develops face shields for cops and masks for KEM staff

Updated: Apr 17, 2020, 08:31 IST | Pallavi Smart | Mumbai

Amidst the shortage of PPE units, IIT-B develops face shields which are more than just masks and will cover the entire face

IIT-B students donated the face shields to the Mumbai Police
IIT-B students donated the face shields to the Mumbai Police

With the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) for the frontline staff who are fighting the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has created face shields and donated it to the Mumbai Police Department.

Moreover, the institute has also delivered 500 facemasks to KEM hospital for the staff.

According to information provided by the PRO of IIT Bombay, a team under the guidance of Prof. Tapanendu Kundu, dean of students welfare, and Prof. George Mathew, associate dean of students welfare donated face shields and masks to Mumbai Police.

Cops wearing the face shieldsCops wearing the face shields

The face shields were fabricated by the residents of Hostel 10 and students task force members, whereas the students of IDC and Desai Sethi School of Entrepreneurship created 500 masks and delivered them to the KEM hospital staff.

It was not long ago when Prof. Kums P Kumaresan and Prof. Purba Joshi, IDC School of design, Desai Sethi School of Entrepreneurship developed face masks for use of IIT Bombay security and hospital staff. The team has also made an instructional video about 'how to make masks using common household items' for the public at large.

Now the institute is preparing more masks and will have them delivered to KEM Hospital.

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