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CMU makes hand sanitizers, distributes 113 liters to Bukidnon hospitals

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MARAMAG (BukidnonNews.net/ 03 April 2020)—Due to the increasing demand for disinfectants in the province, a team of faculty researchers from Central Mindanao University has produced 113 liters of hand sanitizers and distributed them to Bukidnon hospitals and government offices.

Dr. Melania Enot, director of CMU’s Natural Products Research and Development Center (NPRDC), said that the alcohol-based sanitizers were made using the recommended formulation of the World Health Organization. The sanitizers contain 80 percent alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, double distilled water, and glycerol.

As of April 2, the team has distributed sanitizers to the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center, Bukidnon Provincial Hospital-Maramag, BPH-Manolo Fortich, Impasug-ong Municipal Hospital, some hospitals in Valencia, and CMU Hospital. They also included the Office of the Provincial Governor, Provincial Veterinary Office, Municipal Agriculture Office-Impasugong, San Isidro Parish, Barangay Dologon, and Maramag and Valencia checkpoints.

However, as the existing raw materials from their laboratories are depleting, the team is now fermenting and distilling sugarcane molasses to produce ethanol.

Rainear Mendez, chemist from the Natural Science Research Center (NSRC), said they received two barrels of molasses from the Bukidnon Sugar Milling Co., Inc. (Busco) after they reached out for donations.

He added they also asked Busco’s advice in creating a large-scale distillation unit as the university’s distillation systems are not designed for large-scale production.

Other members of the team are the following: Natural Science Research Center (NSRC) headed by Dr. Gina Barbosa; Food Research Development Center (FRDC) headed by Dr. Queenie Ann Curayag; Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory (SPAL) headed by Prof. Myrna Pabiona; Chemistry and Biology departments; Agricultural Engineering Department headed by Prof. Emy Reyes; Prof. Ailene G. Ang; Dr. Joy Jamago; and Tuklas Lunas Development Center headed by Dr. Reggie Y. Dela Cruz.

Aside from hand sanitizers, face masks and face shields were also being made by volunteers of the university.

CMU suspended classes and work from March 16 until April 10. As of April 4, there is no confirmed coronavirus case in the province but there are 45 persons under investigation and 1,305 under monitoring.

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