Bangladesh is ready to manufacture KN95 standard masks which price will be half of its importing price. JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd, a medical equipment maker, has completed successful test runs of its newly-installed lines that can manufacture 40,000 KN95 standard masks a day.
The demand for protective gears are growing sky high. Doctors, nurses and medical staff are exposed to the COVID-19 virus which is highly infectious. Already many doctors and nurses have died of this virus. This initiative of the JMI Group may save many doctors and medical stuff life.
The company is awaiting the local drug administrator’s approval. The Directorate General of the Drug Administration (DGDA) would approve the company’s product standard based on third party lab reports.
We are ready to manufacture the KN95 mask by following all proper guidelines, now we are just waiting for the approval of authority to go for bulk production. Then we will proudly announce that Bangladesh also introduced KN95.”
Dysin International Ltd, SGS Bangladesh, ITS Labtest Bangladesh, ULVS Bangladesh, and TUV SUD Bangladesh Private Ltd are the DGDA enlisted ISO-17025 accredited private sector labs.
Md Abdur Razzak, Managing Director of JMI Group said, “We are ready to manufacture the KN95 mask by following all proper guidelines, now we are just waiting for the approval of authority to go for bulk production. Then we will proudly announce that Bangladesh also introduced KN95.”
Chinese garments manufacturing company Liz Fashion and JMI Group jointly taken this initiative.
Initially, each KN95 mask would cost around Tk150-160. Md Abdur Razzak expecting that the cost can be reduced to 130 Tk if the supply chain is smooth.
The Bangladesh government recently declared a waiver from value-added taxes – ranging from 5-15 percent – on PPE and masks, until June 30. This was done to spur investment in manufacturing and selling emergency products while the world has a high demand for the items.
In the USA, KN95 is known as N95. The mask originally designed and manufactured by American company 3M.