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PPE Made in Indonesian Textile Industry Piling up in Warehouses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maizer   
Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE) produced by the textile industry and textile products (TPT) has not been absorbed by the government or the market. Though diversification from the textile industry is expected to be able to sustain the need for protective equipment for medical personnel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Chairperson of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Jemmy Kartiwa said around 50 thousand pieces of personal protective equipment had been produced and would continue to grow every day. "If calculated with raw materials, we are ready to produce 1.8 million pieces and the rest is in the process of stitching. Association friends are confused, if production continues but no one absorbs it? " he said not long ago.


Jemmy said some companies began diversifying their products to create PPE, which coordinates with the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling 19, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Industry. Manufacturers have followed the guidelines and trials that must be passed, both for the protection of level I, II, and III, at the Great Hall of Textiles (BBT), Bandung, West Java. However, specifically for level III testing, up to now it has not been available domestically.


"If level I and II actually can already be distributed. But until now it is still piling up in warehouses because it is still awaiting PO (purchase order), "said Jemmy.


Secretary General of the Indonesian Filament Yarn and Fiber Producers Association (APSYFI), Redma Gita Wirawasta, said that domestic testing is still water repellent and washable. Meanwhile, institutions for anti-blood penetration testing are not yet available domestically. When referring to the results of the joint guidelines of the government and the Task Force, Redma said the industry had actually met these criteria.


"Local products can reach level III. We need certification to justify that it is in accordance with WHO standards, it needs international institutions, "said Redma.


Redma said the government also needs to provide information to medical personnel that PPE from the TPT industry already meets the standards. But now the production is still piling up in the factory because it has not been absorbed, except for those sold directly to the hospital. "But the amount is not much," he said.


The Director General of Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Textile Industries at the Ministry of Industry Muhammad Khayam said that the absorption of PPE from the textile industry occurred because the needs of every hospital, local government or other agency had not been integrated. As a result, many hospitals and local governments buy their own PPE needs. On the other hand, APD producers are still confused looking for buyers who really need and will place an order.


"This has not yet created a connection between hospitals and manufacturers, so there are still many hospitals or medical staff who lack PPE supplies," Khayam said. "On the other hand, the absorption of domestic production is also still limited."


In addition, Khayam said, there were still a number of industries which had not tested their products in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO). Tests that must be carried out are tests of penetration of fluids, blood, and viruses due to the limitations of domestic testing laboratories and test equipment.


Head of the Ministry of Health's Crisis Center, Budi Sylvana, said that there were already several companies that submitted PPE offers to the government, including diversified products from the textile industry. The government is still analyzing all incoming bids to compile a list of purchase plans. Even so, ordering PPE must also follow established standards and adjust the needs in the field.


"We have not yet arranged PO, we are heading there. There are no other requirements, only technical administration for procurement. It won't be long, "said Budi.


The Ministry of Health has facilitated the issuance of marketing permits for industries that produce PPE for medical personnel. However, the distribution permit will be issued as long as the PPE meets the standard requirements. "How do we know the minimum qualifications are met. That must be registered with us so that we know the specifications of what they offer, "said Budi.



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