The Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, on Monday commissioned hand sanitizers produced by the Chemistry department of the institution.
This step was taken to support the current battle against the coronavirus in Nigeria.
The Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Francis Eze, said the pandemic is “real and dangerously infectious”.
“This COVID-19 pandemic is real and dangerously infectious. It is the prayer of FUTO management that the public should please, see the ravaging pandemic as a matter of life and death.
“We thought of how to help in the fight against the pandemic and commissioned the Chemistry Department to produce hand sanitizers. We are happy that this has been successfully achieved,” he said.
After disclosing that the university had spread the awareness of the coronavirus to the host communities.
More so, he added that:
“FUTO hopes to donate 2,000 packs of 100mls of the hand sanitizers to Imo State Government tomorrow (today)”.
The Professor charged staff of the Chemistry department to “immediately commence the production of the hand sanitizers in commercial quantities”.
Head, Department of Chemistry, Prof (Mrs.) Cynthia Ogukwe said:
“The global outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic demands contributions from scientists and researchers all over the world. FUTO therefore, in the spirit of driving the culture of excellence, is not left out.
“The World Health Organization and Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, recommend regular application of quality hand sanitizers, as one of the precautions to be observed in order to curb the incessant contamination and rapid multiplication or spread of the COVID-19 pandemic”.The Pace News