The Commanding Officer, 34 Military Hospital, confirmed that the hospital produces its own alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) for use at the hospital. Lt. Col. Dr. Stephen Sevalie said the move was to reduce the high importation cost, noting that the hospital uses a lot of alcohol-based rub for Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Matron Christiana Kallon and team lead the process sometime in June 2019, after following all laboratory health protocol and procedure standards to produce the alcohol based hand rub, which is 100% local content. Lt. Col. Dr. Sevalie added, “We have enough in stock as I speak as well as the human resource capability, what we need is for Government to intervene with raw materials for us to go into action to reduce cost, protect and save more lives”, he assured. The medical Commanding Officer also furthered that if given the opportunity, the hospital in collaboration with the military tailoring unit can produce locally made facemasks, “If we are talking about state of preparedness to response, there is no need for public anxiety but these are basic components of protection and should be considered”. He added that developed countries are struggling to contain the virus; therefore “We should not wait till the first case, as we are aware what happened during the Ebola epidemic”, Sevalie noted.
By Ade Campbell