University in Ghana Produces Affordable Hand Sanitizer to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic
The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FPPS) of Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (KNUST), in its effort to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), has produced affordable alcohol-based hand sanitizers for the University Community and the general public.
The initiative which was commissioned by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso and the University Management, forms part of the West African Country University’s Corporate Social Responsibility
Professor Berko Panyin Anto, Dean of FPPS, in an exclusive interview with the University Relations Office, said, last year, the FPPS Board decided to go into the production and supply of detergents, cleaning soaps and hand sanitizers for the Faculty and the University Community in order to reduce the amount of money spent on the purchase of such products from the outside market.
According to Prof. Berko, the University Hospital has been their main client ever since they started the production. Due to the overwhelming demand on hand sanitizers in Ghana after the country recorded cases of COVID-19 Pandemic, the Production Unit of FPPS went into full-scale production of the hand sanitizers to mitigate the demand in the market at an affordable price, he added.
Dr. (Mrs.) Yaa Asantewaa Osei, Lecturer and Head of the Production Unit of FPPS, in a speech assured the University Community and the general public that, the hand sanitizers they produce are of high standards and are friendly on the skin due to the ingredients they use for the production.
Dr. (Mrs.) Osei said, she and her team are ready and willing to partner with government agencies and other institution that may require their services in producing the sanitizers in commercial quantities for them.
She promised their commitment to help curb and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic by continuously producing the sanitizers to serve Ghanaians.
The product which is branded as “Pharmaclean Hand Sanitizer” is available for sale at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KNUST. It contains 70% Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Water, Glycerine, Pluronic Perfume and Colour. The “Pharmaclean Hand Sanitizer” is formulated to clean without water, helping to keep your hands clean, soft and smooth.