Post lockdown, daily visit by doctors must for industries

The industrial units in the State that are gearing up to reopen after the long break due to the lockdown will not only have to gather their workforce, but will also have to ensure that a doctor is available for the workers, with the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) asking industries to rope in medical consultants as part of their daily operations.
Post lockdown, daily visit by doctors must for industries
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According to a guideline circular from the agency, that factories that have a staff strength of 200 workers should have dial-a-doctor facility. For those companies with 1,000 staff, there should a doctor visiting the industrial unit every day to monitor the health of the workers there.
In addition, the circular from SIPCOT also added that the staff above 55 years of age and women employees who have children below five years should be given the option to work from home.
TN-made ventilators to be rolled out next month
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu will soon have ventilator manufacturing clusters, as automobile giants based in Chennai are working on the final prototype. “Two manufacturing units have sought approval from the Industries department. The ventilators will be rolled out by next month,” said V Arun Roy, special secretary, Industries department.
“Major companies like Hyundai, Trivitron and Air Liquide are working on the equipment required for Intensive Care Units. In the first phase, 1,000 ventilators are expected to be produced between June to July,” he said.
Garment manufacturers in Tirupur have started manufacturing PPEs, with South India Textiles Research Association and few others going global with European Union certifications, Roy added.
A team of engineers from Ashok Leyland have developed low-cost ventilators. Testing, certification and clinical trials are at different stages, and mass production is expected to start by the end of the month.
“As on date, most of the ventilators and PCR test kits are assembled after importing parts from China, US and Germany. Now, Indian companies have started focussing more on the healthcare equipment. Subsidiaries of Tata have also expanded the manufacturing of PCR and rapid test kits,” said S Elangovan, a leading drug and pharma dealer in Chennai.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had appealed to manufacturers to boost the production of medical equipment like ventilator, N95 masks and medicines in Tamil Nadu, announcing a series of sops, including interest-free investment subsidies.

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