Amid the acute shortage of antiseptics in the market, different leading higher educational institutions of the port city have come forward to produce low-cost sanitizers following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) prescribed formula.
Chittagong University (CU), Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Chittagong College and Southern University Bangladesh are among the institutions extended support in this crisis moment.CU Chemistry department Professor Dr SM Abe Kawsar said the shortage of hand sanitizers in the local market prompted them to take the initiative.
“We have produced some sanitizers in two phases and distributed among the officials and employees of the university while some of them were handed over to the authority of Chattogram City Corporation to distribute among others,” he said.
On the other hand, Chemistry department of the CUET also developed a sanitizer named ‘CUETizer’ at their laboratory to help people of the university area to some extent.
CUET Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Alam said, “We all should contribute to the society from our own position to fight this pandemic.”
“Hand sanitizers produced by CUET Chemistry department, is such an initiative and we want to extend our support to the local people by distributing these sanitizers.”
CUET Robo Mechatronics Association also installed an automated sanitizer dispensing machine in the city’s GEC intersection.Among the private universities, Southern University Bangladesh is the first to come up with such initiative. Teachers and students of Pharmacy department of the university produced hand sanitizers focusing on serving the mass people after they produced masks for the people few days ago.
Associate Professor of the department Dr Md Ibrahim said, “Whole country felt the shortage of the mask and sanitizer soon after the news of coronavirus started spreading. We came forward to mitigate the crisis to some extent.”
He also alleged that a unscrupulous section of the businessmen stocked raw materials of the antiseptic illegally.
Chittagong College Chemistry department produced some hand sanitizers on an experimental basis.
Professor Kawsar of the college said, “We faced some criticism while producing the sanitizers at the second time”
Collecting raw materials for producing sanitizer is also a challenge now, he said.
Besides, Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) also sprayed disinfectants by water-cannon in the city’s Dampara, Punak circle, WASA circle and other surrounding areas on Tuesday.
CMP Commissioner Md Mahabubor Rahman inaugurated the activity and requested the people not to go outside of home unnecessarily.
He also asked the expatriates to maintain home-quarantine strictly.
Many voluntary organisations including BRAC and Nogorful also conducted some activities in different areas of the city.
BRAC staff sprayed the sanitizers over the hand of pedestrians in the GEC intersection while Nogorful sprayed disinfectants on the public transports in the New Market area.