Berhampur’s Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) of Odisha has developed advanced low cost ‘aerosol box’ and ‘face shields’ for medical staff involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Director General of Employment and Training (DGET) and Central ministry for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has arranged a video conference of different ITIs of the country on April 30. In this video conference, Berhampur ITI will provide technical coaching for preparation of these much needed medical pieces of equipment to other ITIs for local production at their end, said the principal of Berhampur ITI, Rajat Panigrahy.
At the request of Ganjam district administration, Berhampur ITI successfully experimented construction of cost-effective ‘aerosol box’ and ‘face shields’. The market price of an ‘aerosol box’ is around 10,000 rupees. But Berhampur ITI made it at low production cost of around 3000 rupees. Each ‘face shield’ is traded for about 200 rupees, while its production cost at Berhampur ITI is just 11 rupees.