Berhampur, May 29 (LocalWire): The state-run Aska Cooperative Sugar Industries Limited has supplied around one lakh hand sanitizer bottles worth Rs 2 crores to different districts and the state-owned Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL).
The sanitizer is the key disinfectant being used to keep hands clean in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have prepared the hand sanitizer after obtaining the necessary permission from the state’s Drug Controller on March 25 this year, after closing the sugarcane process on April 10.
Since then, we have produced around one lakh liters of the sanitizer,” said the managing director of the sugar factory Lakshmi Kant Sethi.
Besides OSMCL, the hand sanitizer was also supplied to different districts in southern Odisha, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri and some urban local bodies in Ganjam, he said.
“We have made supplies to the government organizations, but not to any private firms,” he added.
He said that they had stocked around 20,000 sanitizer bottles of 200 milliliters for supply to different government organizations.
Besides, they have also stocked around 3.50 lakh liters of spirit, the main component used in the preparation of the sanitizer.
“Although the hand sanitizer is not a sugar mill product, we have started its production under the directions of the government to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
The WHO and the government have suggested hand hygiene and social distancing as the first line of defense against the COVID-19.
However, there is a shortage of hand sanitizer in the market due to a sudden increase in the demand amid the outbreak.
With the sale of the sanitizer, the cash-starved factory has earned around Rs 2 crores in a month, he added.
Earlier the Department of Chemistry, Berhampur University, government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Berhampur along with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Berhampur have prepared the hand sanitizer for their internal use and to provide the frontline personnel who deal with the patients and suspected patients of Covid-19.