The Commanding Officer, 34 Military Hospital, has confirmed that the hospital produces its own Alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) for use at the hospital. Lt. Col. Dr. Stephen Sevalie said that the move was to reduce the high importation cost, adding that the hospital uses a lot of alcohol based rub for Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures to protect both patients and health staff. He commended the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Matron Christiana Kallon and team who led 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. Questioned whether the hospital will be able to go into mass production for public utilization taking into consideration the present Coronavirus with China as the mass producer of such products having its hands full with fighting to contain the virus. Lt. Col. Dr. Sevalie added that mass production is a must recommendation to be considered. “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 face masks, “If we are talking about state of preparedness to respond, 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. On case management, Lt. Col. Dr. Sevalie assured that the military has done fairly well in several case management demonstrations carried out in compliance and prevention methods, considering limited resources. He said that the hospital also has a dedicated admission facility for infectious diseases.
By Ade Campbell