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IFSP produces 70º alcohol for hospitals and the community

IFSP servers and students receive anhydrous alcohol and transform it into 70º alcohol

  • Published: Wednesday, April 01, 2020, 13:19 pm
  • Last updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2020, at 09:53
IFSP servers accompany transport of anhydrous alcohol


The Federal Institute of São Paulo has received, in the last few days, the donation of 70 liters of anhydrous alcohol, which will be transformed into 19º glycerin alcohol and donated to university hospitals and the community. The initiative of the rectory and the Innovation Agency (Inova) of the IFSP aims at collaborating in the fight against Covid-XNUMX, taking advantage of the technical capacity of the institution's servers.

The donation was made by Usina Clealco Açúcar e Álcool SA, and the transport, carried out on Monday and Tuesday, 30 and 31, by Unipetro to Câmpus Barretos, where the process that will result in 70º alcohol for the final public will be made. In addition to Barretos, the Matão, Suzano, Itapetininga and São Paulo campuses also participate in research, production, packaging, labeling, quality control and material distribution logistics.

The alcohol will be finished in two presentations: liquid and glycerin. The first is used to clean surfaces in hospitals, health units, skin antisepsis processes and instrument disinfection, among other purposes. The glycerin form, similar to alcohol gel, is used to clean hands. Currently, 70º glycerin alcohol has become scarce in the market due to the lack of inputs for its production.

Most of the material will be donated to public and university hospitals at UFSCar and Unifesp. The remaining 30% will be distributed among the 36 IFSP campuses for donation to institutions such as city halls and health agencies, as well as needy communities in the state of São Paulo. IFSP students served by Student Assistance will also receive alcohol gel, in order to facilitate prophylactic action among their families.

Pack of alcohol gel (5 liters) produced by IFSP


Budget and Finance advisor, José Roberto da Silva, recalls the importance of caring for health professionals, who face a shortage of protective equipment. “Public hospitals and health professionals are the main workforce facing the coronavirus. However, they often do not have the necessary reagents available. Taking care of caregivers is essential so that we can stop the growth of this pandemic, which is not only spreading, but also adapting on an exponential scale ”, he says.

The action is inspired by the activities of the Federal Institutes of Ceará, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro and Pará, with the encouragement of the Secretariat of Professional and Technological Education of the Ministry of Education (Setec / MEC) , which is transferring resources for the acquisition of inputs for the production of alcohol gel, according to the dean of Administration, Silmário Batista dos Santos. He also praises the voluntary participation of civil servants in conjunction with students who develop research projects.

To accelerate the acquisition of inputs and contribute to the control of the pandemic, the Dean of Administration (PRA) formed a working group with Deputy Directors of Administration of the São João da Boa Vista, Bragança Paulista, Hortolândia, Sertãozinho, Caraguatatuba and Avaré. The bridge between the local productive arrangements and the IFSP servers was carried out by Agência Inova. "These are committed to helping, and society is eager to receive much needed help at this time," said director Alexandre Pereira Chahad.

This is one of the actions of the IFSP in combating the new coronavirus. Individually, several campuses have been mobilized to contribute locally to society in controlling this pandemic. Other joint initiatives are being devised by the administration of the Federal Institute, which is socially and scientifically committed to the integral development of society, especially at this moment when efforts are being made to control this disease. “We hope that these actions will be able to minimize possible damage to our population, always reinforcing that Federal Institutes, as well as Federal Universities, have contributed to society, both in Education and in Research and Extension”, reinforces José Roberto.

IFSP Activities

A Ordinance no. 1.200 / 2020, suspended, from March 23, 2020, for an indefinite period, the face-to-face and Distance Education (DE) classes of all the campuses of the Federal Institute of São Paulo, except the Initial and Continuing Education courses (FIC) already foreseen and offered entirely in distance education and also the master's courses.

The Institution's academic calendar is interrupted. Studies are being carried out to assess the possibility of conducting remote academic activities. More information about the activities of the Dean of Education can be found here.

Through Ordinance No. 941, of March 13, 2020, a crisis committee related to Covid-19 was established to monitor and evaluate, within the scope of the IFSP, the implications related to the virus. Follow here institutional announcements from the crisis committee and all provinces related to Covid-19.

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