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PNB Housing Finance inks MoU with IIT Delhi to develop PPE Kits

PNB Housing Finance (PNBHFL) today announced that it has signed an MoU with Indian Institute  of Technology  (IIT) Delhi  to support   critical  research and development of a unique prototype material to be used for manufacturing a sustainable (reusable) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) surgical gowns and masks.

The PPE’s will be supplied to notable government hospitals and sustain its commitment of contributing towards the well-being of the healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company said in a press release.

“In managing patients afflicted with the highly-contagious COVID-19, healthcare workers rely heavily on PPE kits in protecting themselves from being infected or infecting others,” the release added.

However, the company said the shortage of PPEs is exposing ill‐equipped doctors, nurses and other frontline workers to the risk of infection while caring for COVID‐19 patients.

PNBHFL will support the  Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi  in  fast‐tracked  R&D  of  high‐quality  PPE  material through this MoU. The  cloth  technology  developed under this initiative will help in producing affordable, sustainable and reusable PPEs.

Government-accredited labs will test the prototype. The main objective of the current research is designing and developing critical PPE face masks and surgical gowns  using ‘Jacquard  knitting  technology’. 

“We believe all public and private stakeholders must contribute their mite in stopping its spread. As part of our societal responsibilities, PNBHFL has joined hands with IIT Delhi in ensuring we contribute to the national effort in flattening the COVID‐19 curve,” Neeraj Vyas, PNBHFL Managing Director and CEO, quoted the statement.

“Disposing off synthetic polypropylene non‐woven PPE  can  result  in  serious  environmental  consequences,” professor Bipin Kumar, Department of Textile and Fiber Engineering, IIT Delhi, quoted in the statement.

Kumar added that, “Finding  other  textile  solutions  that  offer reusability, biodegradability, affordability and scalability for PPEs is truly the need of hour as it serves the dual purpose of supporting healthcare workers and protecting our environment.” 

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