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Penon Prison Inmates Are Sewing PPE For Covid-19 Medical Frontliners

Penon Prison Inmates Are Sewing PPE For Covid-19 Medical Frontliners

Tasneem Nazari

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The Penor Prison sewing workshop in Pahang is working on a very important order. They are currently producing personal protecting equipment (PPE) for medical personnel to use when treating Covid-19 patients.

The 18 inmates have been working from 9am to 5pm daily to sew the PPE since Friday (27 March), including weekends due to the urgent need for PPE as the number of total cases in the country continue to rise.

(Credit: Bernama)

They were given 2,000 metres of fabric to use, and each unit of PPE (one unit is a complete head to toe ensemble) requires 5 metres. So far, they’ve managed to complete more than 20 units a day. These units are sent to the Pahang state secretary office to be distributed to the state health department.

In addition to the PPE, the Prison Women Staff and Wives of Prison Staff Association (Persiap) produced 525 units of face masks for Covid-19 medical personnel as well.

According to Penor Prison director Datuk Abu Hasan Hussain, several prison staff attended a PPE manufacturing briefing on 25 March to ensure that the PPE produced was in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP).

(Credit: Bernama)

Workshop Supervisor, Sergeant Muhd Mulyadi Abd Ghani, said that the inmates picked up the method of sewing PPE pretty quickly due to their past experience of sewing uniforms. 

The most difficult part of the whole process is inserting elastic bands at the wrist, chin, and shoe cover.

Sergeant Muhd Mulyadi Abd Ghani via Bernama

The sergeant also said that they created three special stations in the workshop to ensure the whole process runs as smoothly as possible. The three stations are: Materials Distribution, Cutting, and Stitching. At the end of the line, the prison staff check the finished product for quality control.

(Credit: The Star)

Speaking of their task, one of the inmates, Man, said the task has given him the opportunity to contribute in the fight against Covid-19. Meanwhile, another inmate called Saiful said he hoped the PPE they produce will help ease the shortage of equipment crucial in the treatment of Covid-19 patients.


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