The apparel sector equips healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19

Posted On 04 Apr 2020
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The first set of fabric masks was handed over to Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Dr. Prasanna Gunasena by SLAEA Chairman Mr. Rehan Lakhani. Group Director Omega Line Mr. Felix Fernando and Eskimo Fashions CEO Indika Liyanahewage are also present.

The first set of fabric masks was handed over to Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Dr. Prasanna Gunasena by SLAEA Chairman Mr. Rehan Lakhani. Group Director Omega Line Mr. Felix Fernando and Eskimo Fashions CEO Indika Liyanahewage are also present.

During this time of crisis in our land, as well as globally, Sri Lanka’s apparel sector has taken up arms to equip our brave healthcare workers with the appropriate clothing as they serve in the frontlines of our battle against COVID-19. All apparel firms in association with the Joint Apparel Association Forum Sri Lanka (JAAFSL) are developing an isolation overall gown designed for doctors and nurses that come in direct contact with infected patients.

The industry and JAAFSL will be sharing the development details and patterns of this protective clothing with other key manufacturers in order to protect all citizens and rid the country of this virus.

In addition, several apparel factories have also come together to manufacture and supply over 2 million protective masks free of charge for government medical service personnel. The initiative was coordinated by JAAFSL and the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters’ Association (SLAEA), with the fabric supplied by TeeJay Apparels.

In addition to this endeavor, most apparel factories around the country are manufacturing and supplying protective clothing items and masks to local hospitals and authorities in an effort to eradicate the COVID-19 virus.

A primary contributor to the local economy, Sri Lanka’s apparel industry has long supported the development and wellbeing of the country. With the country’s textile and garment industry transforming Sri Lanka into an apparel hub in the region and providing employment to a significant portion of the population, the sector is governed by the JAAFSL.

With initiatives such as the ‘Matai Mage Ratati’ campaign, which aims to make a positive difference in the lives of the industry’s majority female associates, the apparel industry is committed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our country and its people.

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