Story Carlos Afanou

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, led by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison) together with her Chief Director (Dr. Afisah Zachariah) and the CEO of Viscesh Enterprise (Mrs Victoria Eshun) has demonstrated the preparation of homemade hand sanitizer at the forecourt of the ministry to some selected media houses.

This initiative is to educate the general public on the preparation of homemade hand sanitizer and the need to adhere to the required precautionary measures to help combat COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the minister, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, it is part of government's efforts to help combat the disease and so her ministry is committed to supplying free homemade hand sanitizers to other ministries.

She urged parents to learn the simple steps so they can prepare them at home for their children to save the cost of buying them outside.  According to her, parents should add a little bit of essential oils to differentiate the sanitizers from drinking water.

Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison encouraged the general public to consume lots of fruits to help build up their immune system and help the body to fight other deadly diseases.

The Minister taught that one can dissolve salt, carbolic soap and 'alata samina' in clean water to frequently wash their hands as a form of prevention.

Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison discouraged the abuse of alcohol by some people as a means to prevent the contraction of the virus.

Again, she pleaded with traders to immediately stop overpricing hand sanitizers to enable the poor and the less privileged to also purchase them.

She added that the bark of neem trees and camphor can be boiled and the vapour inhaled whilst covering yourself with a blanket to protect one's self against some other deadly diseases.

The main materials used in the preparation of the homemade sanitizers were *glycerine, ethanol, dechlorinized water and essential oils (optional).

Measurement of materials used in the demonstration of the homemade hand sanitizers:
1. Water - 2.5L
2. Glycerine - 500ml
3. Alcohol - 7.5L

In preparation, the 7.5L alcohol was mixed with 2.5L water and the 500ml glycerine was added later amidst stirring. The colour and essential oils can be added if required.

Mrs Victoria Eshun cautioned that water with chlorine content like pipe borne water will fight against the alcohol content and will not yield the needed results. She added that it is advisable to use bottled water or sachet water in the preparation of the hand sanitizers.

In conclusion, Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison charged all media houses to allocate some airtime to educate the general public on the precautionary measures to fight COVID-19.
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