Nakuru’s Bedi Fabrics that has in the past been focusing on garments has shifted gear andis now manufacturing protective gears (PPEs) for medics.
The company largely manufactures garments for export and was affected by global lockdown.
However,unlike many other companies,it did not shut but adapted.
They started manufacturing PPEs and masks that are critical to health workers who are on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui tulatewho paid a visit on Wednesday congratulated the company for the move.
“We congratulate Bedi company for they are now able to produce these critical garments for Nakuru, Kenya, East Africa and the whole continent” said Kinyanjui.
Managing Director Jaswinder Bedi on his part stating that they have not sent any worker at home.
He adds the company has the capacity to add 800 more workers from their current 400 to increase production due to demand.
They are aiming at working 24 hours to produce at least 20,000 PPEs daily.
Governor Kinyanjui stating, “this is an indication that there is no need to import what can be manufactured locally and we hope the National Government will ensure this continues after the COVID-19 pandemic is managed”.
He added that his administration will continue to support Bedi Fabrics to ensure they remain in operation.
“Our public health department will work closely with them on Coronavirus prevention measures to ensure their staff continue working” said Kinyanjui.
The governor also taking the opportunity to challenge other manufacturers not to close but adapt and seek new opportunities.
He says this will save jobs and livelihoods because for it is unknown how long the coronavirus pandemic will persist.