Penor Prison Inmates Are Making The PPE For COVID-19 Frontliners

It warms our heart knowing that everyone is contributing something, to help in combating this pandemic. 

penor prison inmates are making the ppe for covid-19 frontlinersPhoto via BERNAMA

With a dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Penor Prison director, Datuk Abu Hasan Hussain said that for the past few days, 18 inmates have been measuring, cutting and stitching the material to produce the PPE from 9am to 5pm. 

The Penor Prison inmates sewing workshop is racing against time to produce PPE for the medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients.

According to BERNAMA, Datuk Abu Hasan said they received 2,000 metres of special material to produce PPE as a unit (from head to toe), which would require 5 metres each. “Our workshop started producing PPE last Friday (March 27) and we can produce over 20 units daily that will then be sent to the Pahang state secretary office to be distributed to the state health department.”

Several prison staff attended the PPE manufacturing briefing on March 25 to ensure that the PPE produced was in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP).

He added that the Prison Women Staff and Wives of Prison Staff Association (PERSIAP) has also produced 525 units of face shields for the frontline medical personnel. 

“To ensure that the whole process goes as smoothly as possible, we have created three special stations consisting of materials distribution, cutting, and stitching. The finished product will undergo quality control check by prison staff” said workshop supervisor Sergeant Muhd Mulyadi Abd Ghani. 

The inmates did not take long to understand the method of sewing the PPE as they had mastered the skills because they had previously received orders to produce uniforms, he added.

No contribution is too big or too small. We’re all in this together, guys! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat