The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) estates across the country have been engaged in making personal protective equipment (PPE), masks and hand sanitisers to meet the country's growing demand for those in the battle against novel coronavirus.
The small industries are producing the medical equipment abiding by the health guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research, according to an industries ministry statement issued on Friday.
The products are mainly meeting increasing demands from military forces, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, and hospitals and clinics in all districts.
Some apparel factories at the Narayanganj BSCIC hosiery industrial hub are making 500-900 PPE a day. Nightingale Fashion at the Gazipur BSCIC has already delivered sets of 7,000 PPE to Bangladesh Army.
One Pharma at the Bagura BSCIC is making 30,000 bottles of hand sanitiser a day which is being shipped to the northern districts and the capital as well.
Gold Cosmetics, a small company at the Natore BSCIC, is producing 200 bottles of hand sanitiser per day to serve its area.
There are many small firms like Gold Cosmetics across the BSCIC hubs who have been manufacturing the emergency products.
A sudden rise in demand for sanitisers after the coronavirus outbreak has encouraged Cooker Laboratories at the Chattogram BSCIC to produce sanitisers.
The chemical plant is supplying 200 litres of hand sanitiser, 100 bottles of glass and floor cleaner daily. It is also producing sanitiser for clinical equipment as the demand for those are also on the rise.
Dozens of other small pharma and chemical factories at the BSCIC industrial estates across the country are also fully operating to supply either sanitisers or essential drugs.
Foil, tube, bottle makers at BSCIC hubs are also gearing up to cater to the pharma industry.
Taaz Scientific Ltd at Chattogram BSCIC is one of the firms who accelerated the production of masks for mass people and medical professionals.
A plant at Tangail BSCIC is producing and supplying medical oxygen to support hospitals, informed the industries ministry.