The Department of Pharmacy at the University for Development Studies (UDS)’s School of Medicine and Health Science has produced alcohol-based hand sanitizers to help fight the pandemic COVID -19.
The first phase of the production, which saw over 2,000 bottles of 250ml products for the university community which included staff, students and the communities in which the university operates, forms part of the social responsibility of the Department of Pharmacy.
Head of Department, Dr. Baba Sulemana Mohammed noted that the department saw it as an urgent need to contribute to the development of the university community hence the initiative to help combat the disease. He added that the university has also been embarking on intensive awareness creation in its operational areas.
According to him, the outbreak of the disease should be a major concern to all stakeholders irrespective of the political, religious and traditional background saying the disease does not know anyone and where one comes from hence the decision of the department to contribute to the fight against the pandemic in the country.
“We think that the outbreak of the disease has brought pressure on the demand of hand sanitizers which some unscrupulous persons have taken advantage of to produce fake hands sanitizers that have side effects,” he said.
He added that as much as the public is encouraged to use the sanitizers, there is the need for them to continue to wash hands under running water as well keep the recommended distance and the directives to avoid being infected with the virus he stressed.
Closure of schools
He noted that though schools have been closed down and affecting the academic calendar, management is in discussion to find possible solution of delivering lectures and other sections online so that the students do not lose out tremendously in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.
He urged the public to keep calm and obey the directives of government and experts so that together we can all help prevent the diseases in the country. He noted the department is training over 170 students as Pharmacists to feed the health facilities of the country.