JORHAT, April 1 - The Majuli district administration has come forward to produce hand-sanitisers locally to mitigate the shortage of the product, which is now on a high demand in view of the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
A Majuli district administration official informed that Dr Gulshan Sharma, an environment scientist, has offered technical guidance to produce sanitisers at a low cost.
The process of producing the sanitiser got under way on Saturday at the Majuli Circuit House at Garmur after the Majuli Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi held a lengthy discussion on the matter after the nation-wide lockdown was declared last week, the official informed.
The raw materials, including isopropyl alcohol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide and distilled water have been used to produce the sanitiser, the official said.
A six-member team comprising technicians of the Public Health Engineering department laboratory of Majuli under the supervision of Dr Sharma and Majuli Additional Deputy Commissioner Palash Ranjan Ahom, who is in charge of Health department, have produced over 50 litres of the sanitiser.
However, as per procedure the liquid has been kept in big containers to be undisturbed for 72 hours after its production, the official stated.
Majuli Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi said that the initiative will continue as per requirement.
Meanwhile, the State Health department in Majuli under the instruction of the Deputy Commissioner too has started producing hand-sanitisers locally by engaging the Multi-Purpose Workers of the department, Kairi stated.
The process of producing the sanitiser has been carried out under the supervision of Kamalabari Block Primary Health Centre Sub-divisional Medical Officer Dr Bimal Pegu.
Already, 230 bottles have been handed over to the district administration for distribution, the official said.
In the meantime, the administration through the Public Health Engineering department has undertaken sanitisation drives by way of spraying chemicals at market areas, government offices and other places where there are large gatherings.