COVID-19: UDUS Pharmaceutical Students Produce Aqueous Hand Sanitizers
Abdulganiyu Abdulrahman Akanbi
Four hundred level students of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto have developed a potable and sizeable hand-sanitizers in ensuring the safety of the students while on campus.
The development is coming barely two weeks after the meeting held by the University senate on Monday 18th January, 2021 on academic calendar, safety reopening among other burning issues.
The management, in a press release jointly signed by the School Registrar and Secretary to the University council of senate, had earlier urged the students to resume with adequate hand sanitizers for personal and academic community safety. The memo reads, apart: “Each student is advised to come along with enough hand sanitizers that will permit him to sanitize his/her hands as regularly as possible.”
Acting accordingly, the current level four students of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences innovated a student-based hand sanitizers to ensure regular precautionary measures are established by the students inside and outside the campus.
The Class Representative of the faculty, Muttaka Umar disclosed the rationale behind the move to this reporter while responding to questions asked. Muntaka noted that it’s very paramount for the pharmaceutical students to render their own contribution for the safety of the students at this critical time of Covid-19 pandemic.
“So after resumption, we think it’s very important to give our own contribution to the students. We provide this hand sanitizers because it is one of the ways to prevent ourselves from Covid-19 and to ease the affairs of the students,” he said.
He affirmed the quality and the effectiveness of the hand sanitizers, saying the procedures for production was emanated from World Health Organization (WHO)’s guidelines.
“In the course of production, we used standard and recommended hand santizers formula of World Health Organization(WHO) to form aqeous hand sanitizers,” he noted.
Trilled by the development, many students applaudedthe action by describing it as a good legacy worthy of emulation for other students.
AbdulQodir Abdulazeez, a 200 level student of Sociology Department who spoke with this reporter praised the students, saying it a nice innovation with motivation for others.
“Firstly, I have to commend the efforts of pharmaceutical sciences students on such production. Sincerely speaking, this innovation serve as a motivation for the entire students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in bringing new development to our prestigious University.”
He therefore advised the school management to support this innovation and urged the students to continue in promoting the school with good ideas and innovations.
“Moreso, it is advisable for the management of the University to support this students at all cost and ensure that this hand sanitizer is purchase at cheaper rate by students, academic and non-academic staff of the university so as to enhance the further production. Also, I urge the students to continue contributing immensely to the growth and development of our institution. The sky will be their starting point,” he ended.
Also, AbdulGafar Hammad, a 100 level student of Medical laboratory Science, the production is an act of encouragement to other students and a pride not only for the university but the nation at large.
“Actually, to me, it is a great thing to ever thought of. No development started from something beyond this perhaps, what the country needs proud of at the moment. If people can stand and thought of doing something like this, then, Nigeria can be promising. It is a very good idea that should be supported by everyone.”
Hammad also wants the students to incorporate what they are being taught into something developmental to the society and want the management of the university to facilitate and support this development at all cost.
He said: “My advice to the student is that the moment they halt thinking of offering something , as little as it may be, to the society, then we’ve no effect to changing the future. While to the management I’ll say they should try and support courses like this even if it will be limitless to advice and guidance.”
A 200 level student of Political Science, UDUS, Hussein Abdulbasit, said the production is immensely appreciated at this period of time.
“The efforts of this students are highly immeasurable. Over the course of time, what many government agencies (health related) have not been doing, students who did that should be highly commended. All in all, it’s a good initiative. At this trying time, we need pharmaceutical initiatives like this.”
Like others, Sumaiya Umar, a 400level student of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UDUS implore the students, departments to utilize the opportunity in purchasing their own.
“Students from different Faculties and Departments are almost welcome to get theirs from our labs. Hence, the costs of purchasing it is minimised and a standard Handsanitizer is assured as WHO formulas were followed,” she said.
Reacting on behalf of the school management, the Dean of Students’ affairs, UDUS, Prof. Aminu Mode expressed his delight, promising to welcome good innovations brought by students across board.
“The development is really commendable. We (the management) really appreciate whatever contribution anyone brings whether students or not,” he expressed.