The Department of Pharmacy under the School of Medicine and Health Science at the University for Development Studies (UDS) has produced alcohol-based hand sanitizers as scarcity in demand rise.
As the infiltration of the pandemic heightened, people panicked and rushed in buying hand sanitizers. This led to the scarcity and high demand for sanitizers. It is on this background that the Department of Pharmacy at UDS produced these sanitizers.
The head of the department, Dr. Baba Sulemana Mohammed, explained that the department embarked on this production as efforts to contribute in the mitigation of the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.
“We think that the outbreak of the disease has brought pressure on the demand of hand sanitizers which some unscrupulous persons have taken advantage of to produce fake hands sanitizers that have side effects,” he said.
The first phase of the production which was for the university community which includes staff, students and the communities saw the making of over 2,000 bottles of 250ml hand sanitizers.
Mr. Mohammed also noted that this contribution in the fight against coronavirus forms part of the social responsibility of the Department of Pharmacy. He added that the university has been embarking on intensive awareness creation in its operational areas.
He further encouraged the public to use the sanitizers while there is the need for them to continue to wash their hands under running water as well as keep the recommended distance and the directives to avoid being infected with the virus he stressed.
Upon the closure of schools, he stated that management is in discussion to find possible solutions to conduct lectures and other sections online so that the students do not lose out though coronavirus is affecting the academic calendar.
He noted the department is training over 170 students as Pharmacists to feed the health facilities of the country.
Why is the department doing this production?
Any cycle of educational institution is supposed to engage in practical activities and the department of pharmacy is no exception. But in Ghana most of our teaching and learning activities are done theoretically.
Currently all universities have shut down where as in other countries, students of departments relevant to finding cure for the novel coronavirus are helping scientists to come up with remedies.
This step taken by the Department of Pharmacy under the School of Medicine and Health Science at the University for Development Studies (UDS) is a bold one in drifting from the norm in our educational system and gradually changing the system.