Do Nigeria have scientist? Yes we do, they are mostly found in our Universities lecturing our beloved undergraduates whom may graduate and venture into something else as a means of survival in the countries harsh economy.
In a time when the world combats a common enemy, scientist over the world are in search for a vaccine or cure to eradicate the COVID-19 virus. The major ways of curbing this pandemic are as follows:
1) Sit-at-home directives.
2) Social distancing.
3) Proper hand hygiene.
4) The use of alcohol-base hand sanitizer.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), the required formation for hand sanitizers include; ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerol and water. However, it was reveled by Daily Trust that Scientists at Bayero University Kano from the department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry has mobilized its staff to produce alcohol-base hand sanitizer in response to the rising demand for the product in the market across the state.
Head of department, Dr. Ibrahim Tajo Siraj said the initiative was meant to augument and complement the effort of the government in containing the spread of the virus. The hand sanitizer which is at the experimental stage are targeted at users within the university.
“Until it gets approval and registration from the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for mass production before it can be made in mass and distributed free of charge for the people of kano” said Dr. Ibrahim Tajo Sraji.The department has also called on the government to support the project as the school laboratory is well equipped to produce in full capacity and abide by the WHO standards in production of hand sanitizers.