Coronavirus In Pakistan: Faisalabad University Develops Sanitizers Approved by WHO’s (World Health Organization’s) Standards.
A massive spike in the prices of hand sanitizers has occurred recently due to the rapidly increasing prices of the product all across the country amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some people have even started exploiting this pandemic, hoarding sanitizers and selling them and other related hygiene products on black. As the experts have suggested;
“Sanitizers work as a tool to fight the coronavirus.”
It is also important to note that the general criterion for sanitizers to be effective against the virus is if they contain AT LEAST 60% alcohol.
With the spiking rates of the commercially available sanitizers, the Biochemistry Department of the University of Agriculture — Faisalabad, took it upon itself to develop one. On the instructions of UAF Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, the Biochemistry Department of the institution poured its blood and sweat into the “project” i.e. working on and creating a WHO standards-approved sanitizer which will be available for mass supply.
The developed product is an antibacterial and antiviral, hand-and-surface sanitizer. The sanitizer makes sure to keep in line with the standards approved by WHO. UAF experts also clarified;
“The sanitizer was developed, keeping WHO’s directions in which high-quality chemicals were used. It works equally well when applied on hands or surfaces.”
Where to get the sanitizer
As per the experts, the people interested can get their hands on the product from the main gate of the university. The interested individuals may also obtain the sanitizer from the Molecular Care Collection Centre anytime between 10 am and 3 pm. It is located opposite to the Institute of Business Management Sciences.
Another WHO-Approved Hand Sanitizer Developed and made Available In Pakistan
Prior to UAF’s project, Pakistan’s ministry developed a hand sanitizer approved by WHO standards as well. Keeping in mind the currently ongoing shortage, the Pakistan Council of Scientific Research (PCSIR) created hand sanitizers, which are now available on a mass level. PCSIR is a department that falls in the framework of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on a twitter post about the department’s accomplishment. He informed about how the sanitizers are available at mass level and will also be able at utility stores.
Hand sanitizer by PCSIR (Ministry of S&T) WHO approved standards are now available on Mass level, all provincial Govts are advised to contact PCSIR in provincial HQs for mass supplies and ll also be made available on Utility stores….. pic.twitter.com/E7eNCqwwWk
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 18, 2020
Importance of these accomplishments
The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has been steadily rising. With over 2400 cases and 30+ deaths in the country, the virus is showing no signs of slowing down. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we take all the necessary preemptive measures that we can. So that we are able to keep ourselves safe from the deadly pandemic.
These large-scale accomplishments are surely going to play a MASSIVE role in preventing the spread of the virus and protect the people (at least to an extent) from the deadly pandemic.