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PU develops anti-bacterial disposable wipes against Corona virus - Wet tissues can be used on cell, purse, key, pen etc-PU VC
PU develops anti-bacterial disposable wipes against Corona virus - Wet tissues can be used on cell, purse, key, pen etc-PU VC

LAHORE: (Sunday, March 22, 2020): Punjab University’s chemical engineers have developed anti-bacterial disposable wipes and sanitizers as per WHO guidelines which would help protect people from Corona virus. In this regard, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad addressed a press briefing along with Department of Polymer Engineering and Technology’s associate professors Dr Bilal Haider, Dr Atif Islam, Assistant Professor Dr Areeba Farooq, student volunteers including Hamza Javed, Musa Raza, Rahat Rashid, Hafiz Abdullah, Muhammad Asad and Musa Raza at Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology here on Sunday.

Addressing the press briefing, Prof Niaz Ahmad said that he had instructed PU’s chemical engineers to serve Pakistani nation at this critical time and develop anti-bacterial sanitizers against corona virus. He said that people were ignoring so many things which could be a source of spread of corona virus like mobile phone, purse, key, pen, door handles, stair handles, ATMs, public washrooms etc and we decided to develop anti-bacterial disposable wipes to be used on such things against Corona virus as per W.H.O standards. He said that we were also worried about TV cameramen who were visiting hospitals and other places for coverage of Corona related issues and this disposable wipe can also be carefully used on camera, hand mic and other equipment. He said that all the citizens of Pakistan must act wisely and behave like a responsible citizen to avoid spread of corona virus. He said that Punjab University was playing its role to cope with this challenge and in this regard, PU scientists, faculty members, researchers, professionals and volunteer students were making all possible efforts. He said that PU had established diagnostic centres, developed diagnostic kits, antibacterial sanitizers, telemedicine centre and launched awareness campaign and would serve the community by playing its national role. Briefing the media about anti-bacterial disposable wipe and sanitizer, Dr Bilal, Dr Atif and Dr Areeba explained that WHO recommended ingredients including ethylalkohol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, neem extract, aloe vera extract and fragrance have been used in the sanitizer. They said that the standard agar well method was used against E. Coli (MDR) and E. Coli (NMDR). They said that the material was used by applying hands to check its behavior and was found soft on skin and not irritating. They said that this sanitizer would help protect people from corona virus by applying on various surfaces. They appealed to the government to provide basic material so that they could produce disposable wipes and sanitizers at mass level.