COVID-19: How Naga students found a solution to sanitizer shortage
Kohima: Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scare, students from Kohima Science College (Autonomous), Jotsoma in Nagaland have got creative to find a solution to the shortage of hand sanitizers in the market by producing sanitizers from the college’s chemistry laboratory. So far, nearly 40 litres of hand sanitizers have been produced and distributed to various departments in the college vicinity.
Speaking with EastMojo over telephone, college principal Dr Lily Sema said that the idea to make hand sanitizers for the students was first proposed by a lecturer from the chemistry department, as hand sanitizers ran out of stock in the market following an official order from the state government which directed all institutions to have necessary kits including hand sanitizers.
“I was extremely happy and really appreciated the idea. So, the students and teachers collectively engaged in developing the hand sanitizers and they have been sharing it and helping the community,” she said. At a time when a panic situation is created due to pandemic of COVID-19 leading to shortage of hand sanitizers, students of the premier science college in the state joined hands and began to work by Friday. Ever since, nearly 40 litres of hand sanitizers have been made and distributed to various departments around the college.
Earlier, taking to twitter, Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA), tweeted: “In a situation where all Hand Sanitizers have gone out of stock, Kohima Science College has come to the rescue by developing Hand Sanitizers in their Laboratory. RCEMPA is blessed to have received the first bottle for immediate use” along with pictures of free hand sanitizers given by the college.”
Dr Lily Sema further said that on receiving the news, people have been calling up the college to avail the solution. While the college remains closed due to the government order, few students have stayed back and are engaged in producing more hand sanitizers. As a free will gesture, sanitizers measuring up to 500 ml to1 litre are being distributed to departments and hospitals.
Although it may not be a difficult to make sanitizers, she said that one must be cautious about the precautions laid by the World Health Organization (WHO). She said that the college also wishes to reach out to more hospitals and help the community in this time of need.
She further expressed delight that the students, besides helping the community, is able to apply their minds, utilise the available resources and be productive.
A press release from Dr Thorhusie Katiry, managing director of Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), on Tuesday evening said that the district hospital received 15 litres of hand sanitizers prepared by the Kohima Science College as per WHO specification. Expressing gratitude to the college for the thoughtful action taken during the stock crisis of hand sanitizers, the hospital administration wished them the best, further looking forward to cooperation in times to come.