Berhampur, March 23 (Local Wire): In a helping hand to fight the global pandemic of COVID-19, the government-run Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur and Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here now have joined hands to produce adequate hand sanitizers for government workers.
The production has been planned by the institutes keeping in mind the dearth of these health products in the market and the necessity of government officials including police forces to be working under such conditions.
The institutes have been distributing the sanitizers free of cost to the government officials for their personal use.
“We have produced around 350 bottles of sanitizers.
Each bottle has 30 ml of sanitizer into it.
It is meant to be used by the government employees who are doing their duty in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus infection.
We will handed over these to the Commissioner, Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) for its distribution” said ITI Principal Rajat Kumar Panigrahy.
He along with three of the staff members of the ITI and some teaching faculty members of the Department of Chemistry, IISER have been preparing the sanitizers of high quality with the use of the later’s laboratory, Panigrahy said.
“Since the shortage of hand sanitisers in the market is rampant due to sudden surge of its demand, we have decided to produce it for free distribution,” he said.
As the production was not for the commercial purpose, Panigrahy said it is being distributed free of cost.
Moreover, some traders in the city have also been selling such products with inferior quality exorbitant prices keeping in view the higher demand in the market.
The hand sanitisers have been produced as per the formula; recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), said Rakesh Pathak, head of the department of Chemistry, IISER, Berhampur.
The formula consists of chemical like Ethanol, Glycerol and Hydrogen Peroxide.
The IISER professor said they have laboratory facilities to produce around 20 to 25 liters of the hand sanitizers with adequate manpower.
He said both the institutes (IISER and ITI) which run from one single campus have been using the same for their staff and office premises after production.
The WHO and the governments have suggested hand hygiene and social distancing as the first lines of defence against the COVID-19, the deadly virus.
Panigrahy said at the time of calamity, the skilled in Odisha team, including the students of the ITI Berhampur had come forward to extending their helping hands to help to the distress families.
During floods in Kerala, Ganjam and aftermath of the cyclone Fani, the students along with faculty members had helped the people with repairing their pipes and consumer items in electronics and electric, he added.