Considering the scarcity of hand sanitizers in the market, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad, an autonomous R&D Centre under Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has produced hand sanitizers as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards and distributed it among police personnel in Hyderabad, students, and staff of the institution. A team of scientists, students, and staff voluntarily came forward to work on the production of 40 litres sanitizer.
The complete idea of production, packaging, and distribution was completed in just six hours. Meanwhile, the order of lockdown was announced, and many of the students were leaving for their home towns. For their safety, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a face mask was given to most of them who were travelling. The sanitizer was also distributed to all the security staff, people working in the canteen, scientists, and also placed at common areas and entry gates. Team spirit, desire to contribute to the nation’s efforts in combating COVID-19 outbreak, care and concern about the ARCI family made this possible within a very short time.
Subsequently, given the risk being taken by the police personnel who are working relentlessly to enforce the social distancing, Dr G Padmanabham, Director, ARCI directed the team to increase the preparation of sanitizer so that it can be distributed among them. Accordingly, a substantial quantity of sanitizer was prepared and handed over to Sunpreet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Rachakonda Commissionerate by ARCI’s Senior Scientist Dr R Vijay.
The DCP while appreciating the support extended by the scientists, requested for more quantity to provide for as many personnel as to possible. The ARCI has made all arrangements to produce large quantities of sanitizer and provide the same in easy to dispense 100 ml bottles, which the police personnel can easily carry with them in their pockets. Each bottle could last more than a week for each police personnel.
Dr Padmanabham conveyed his appreciation to all the team members who contributed to this effort and encouraged them and other scientists to come up with more ideas to fight COVID 19.
In order to stop the spreading of dangerous Coronavirus, it is recommended that hands, staircase railings, door handles, “IRIS” biometric machine keys, common equipment, office vehicles are to be cleaned by sanitizer.