Ebola Suits Factory in China Working Overtime
Anqui – Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11 000km away in West Africa.
The Weifang Lakeland Safety Products factory in the eastern Shandong province city of Anqui has 100 workers assembling the now-familiar plastic suits at a rate of about 6 000 per day. The factory plans to double its capacity by January.
Each is carefully put together by people and machines so that it is completely sealed, because any gap could allow exposure to a deadly illness. Each seam is sewn and then reinforced with a glue strip.
“The double zipper design allows you to open the suit from the bottom when you need to take something from inside the suit,” factory general manager Wang Ximin told a visitor. “We put an adhesive strip along the front flap in order to better seal off the front to make sure contamination is not able to penetrate.”