by Janica Anne L. de la Peña

Since disinfectant supplies are running out amid the coronavirus scare, the Provincial Government of Aklan (PGA) resorted to making DIY (do-it-yourself) disinfectant and produced 1,306 liters of surface disinfectant.

Through the initiative of the Office of the Governor, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) led the production of Surface Disinfectant Solution with the assistant of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Provincial Youth Affairs.

As of April 3, 2020, a total of 163 plastic bottles were prepared for distribution to healthcare facilities in the Province of Aklan to curb the spread of COVID-19. Housing venues of healthcare workers will also be provided with the disinfectant solution as a measure to disinfect prioritized areas.

Each plastic bottle was properly labeled with a guide in making surface disinfectant solution and hand sanitizer using chlorine. The bottles used were from donated empty plastic bottles as an environmental measure to make life out of plastic waste.

The PGA continues to accept 4-11 liter sized empty plastic bottles and donations may be dropped along the entrance of the Gov. ABL Sports and Cultural Center, Kalibo, Aklan.

DISINFECT AS REGULARLY AS NEEDED

As a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that the dreaded coronavirus can survive and remain on surfaces, the Provincial Health Office highly recommends that disinfection should be regularly done.

While commercial disinfectants costs about P200 to P500 a liter, PHO suggests an ingenious surface disinfectant solution, using one (1) cup bleach and mix with nine (9) cups of water. The said solution can be used to saturate a doormat so that anyone coming into the house would go through a foot bath.

The same solution also works well in disinfecting tables, chairs, doors and panels, window panes, refrigerator doors, doorknobs, and other surfaces that family members usually touch.