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COVID 19: BUK To Produce Hand Sanitizers For Public

Bayero University, Kano By  Kola Oyelere April 2, 2020 | EASTERN PILOT  The Bayero University Kano (BUK)’s Department of Pure...

Bayero University, Kano

April 2, 2020 | EASTERN PILOT 

The Bayero University Kano (BUK)’s Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry has mobilized its staff for the production of hand sanitizers to be used within the university campus and possibly the Kano community.

This was contained in a statement signed and issued by Comrade Lamara Garba, spokesman for BUK.

The statement said a number of the academic staff from the Department who volunteered to participate in the project with a view to contributing their quota towards fighting the COVID 19, were currently in the laboratories formulating the sanitizers based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) specifications..

According to the Head, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Ibrahim Tajo Siraj who announced this, said the idea was borne out of the desire to give a helping hand in the fight against the disease.

His words, “In view of the gravity of the Coronavirus and the urgent need for all stakeholders to join hands in containing the pandemic, the Department felt it had a vital role to play in this direction.

“As you aware, universities were known to be serving as research centres where solutions are proffered for any problem facing the society, and now it is time to prove this, hence, our decision to mobilize our members to the laboratories with a view to producing hand sanitizers as stop-gap measures,” he declared.

Tajo Siraj noted that the Department had all it would take to produce the hand sanitizers that would meet the standard and specifications of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We have the technical experts, we have standard laboratories for the formulation and we have the commitment to do it.”

He said after the production of the sample of the hand sanitizers, it would be submitted to the Management of the University for further action which may include possible financial backing to procure the chemicals and other implements for mass production.

“As you can see now, our scientists from the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry are currently in the laboratories mixing the chemicals to come up with a quality and standard hand sanitizers,” said the Dr. Siraj.

He pointed out that, since the University did not have advanced medical facilities, the best thing to do under the circumstance was to produce hand sanitizers and distribute to the public, “which is a very
fundamental strategy in fighting the disease.”

Abdurahman Abdul Audu, a professor who was also at the Laboratory helping other researchers said, the BUK branded hand sanitizers would be very effective as they would strictly abide by the WHO standards.

“According to WHO, the required formulations for hand sanitizers include ethanol, hydrogen peroxide as well as glycerol and water, so here in BUK we shall strictly adhere to this formulations.”

Meanwhile, the Head of Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, has revealed that talks were on between the Department and the Kano Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for collaboration towards ensuring production of the sanitizers for ASUU.


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