The idea is that the product will be available on campus to return to school activities; another part of the production will be donated to health institutions
Since last month, the IFSP has been producing liquid, glycerin and non-glycerin 70 alcohol for donation. The production is already in health centers and hospitals in different parts of the state of São Paulo, contributing to the fight against Covid-19 and helping to protect the lives of those who work on the front lines of this fight. Now, the Institute starts to produce 70 alcohol gel. In this stage, production will be on account of the Avaré, Barretos, Matão, São Paulo, Sertãozinho and Suzano campuses.
Although production is concentrated in six campuses, all the others will each receive about 800 liters of the product. The idea is that the campuses make a stock of this alcohol to be used in the return of school activities (still without an expected date) and donate the rest to regional health institutions.
For the production of gel alcohol, the IFSP needed to invest resources in new equipment and also in thickeners. These are the elements that enable alcohol 70 to gain gelatinous texture and become a less flammable product. The money for the acquisition of the necessary material came from parliamentary amendment and the MEC, through the Decentralized Execution Term (TED).
The Budget and Finance advisor, José Roberto da Silva, who is in charge of the actions related to alcohol production at the IFSP, returns to talk about the importance of collaborating with health professionals, who face the shortage of protective equipment. “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. He also recalls that it is important to think about the future and reinforces that in return to school, many measures will be necessary to minimize contagion; in this sense, having a stock of alcohol gel in each of the Institute's units can help a lot.
Barretos and Sertãozinho have already produced the first batches of alcohol gel, and are now awaiting the result of a microbiological test, which is being carried out at Câmpus Matão, and which will ensure that the thickeners used do not generate any type of contamination to the product. As soon as the test results come out, which should happen this week, the other four campuses will also start production. The forecast is that the alcohol produced will be distributed among the campuses by the end of May.
The IFSP dean, Eduardo Modena, and the dean of Administration, Silmário Batista dos Santos, once again made a point of extolling the efforts of everyone involved in the production of inputs and equipment to combat the coronavirus. According to the management, even with all the difficulties faced, the servers have been working hard to guarantee routine work, in addition to extra work, so that the IFSP contributes to fighting the pandemic.
The IFSP should reach 40 thousand liters of alcohol produced by the end of the month.
Types of alcohol - The Institute's entire production is 70 alcohol. The product has two presentations: liquid - glycerin or non-glycerin - and gel. The liquid is used in hospital environments, the non-glycerin being used for cleaning hospital surfaces and for disinfecting instruments; glycerin is used to clean hands. Although liquid glycerin alcohol, as well as gel alcohol, serves to clean hands, its use is more indicated in health units. Gel alcohol, on the other hand, is indicated both for use in healthcare facilities and for domestic use, as it is much less flammable and therefore generates less risk of accidents.
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