‘Made in Nagaland’ hand sanitizers; turning crisis into opportunity to help the people

(Hand sanitizers made in Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung)

Dimapur, March 18 (NE): As the pandemic Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) grips the country, Nagaland State govt has taken raft of measures to combat the entry of the deadly virus into the state. Among the many precautionary measures, the government has mandated the use of face masks and hand sanitizers in public places.

As the demand for the hand sanitizers increases, many places were running out of stock. It was during this crisis, students of Nagaland along with their faculties rose up to the situation and turned the crisis into opportunity, to help the people in general. Here begins the story of ‘Made in Nagaland’- hand sanitizers, made in respective laboratories of institutions, now being supplied to district administrations, Hospitals, Churches, other offices, etc to meet the need of the hour to combat the pandemic Covid-19.

Nagaland has proven the saying that ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’, all these hand sanitizers are made according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) specifications, the formula is: 72% Ethyl Alcohol, 3% H2O2 and Glycerin.

Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, Government Polytechnic, Seithekema- C, Dimapur, Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung, are among the institutions joined the Made in Nagaland-hand sanitizers production in their own institution laboratories.

Kohima Science College, Jotsoma initially started preparing the sanitizers for their own use, but now they are supplying to different government offices and hospitals in Kohima. Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung distributed about 25 liters of hand sanitizers made in their Laboratory, to District Administration, SP, IMDH, private hospitals and Churches in and around Mokokchung Town today, March 18, 2020. The Chemistry Lab of Government Polytechnic Seithekema- C, Dimapur also produces the hand sanitizers for the Institute.

Praises and appreciation poured in for their timely intervention to help the people. Many Legislators have already shared this story with gratitude to the students and the department.

It is worth seeing such achievements though the production is in a small scale. Perhaps the Government can now utilize these platforms, so that through them a supply model can be initiated to reach every nook and corner of Nagaland. Also this idea can seriously be pursued in the wake of many news coming in about fake hand sanitizers rolled out in the market.