Short supply of alcohol swabs in Kulai

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2020

Tee (left) with Hiew at the press conference.

KULAI: Alcohol swabs appear to be an item that are selling out fast at pharmacies in the Kulai district.

Senai assemblyman Tee Boon Tsong said he was informed of the matter a few days ago by the public, including diabetics who were unable to get them at the local pharmacies.

“People have started to buy alcohol swabs in huge quantities over the past few weeks as fear of the coronavirus (Covid-19) grows.

“As a result, those who really need it, especially the diabetics are left without any supply,” he said at a press conference on the matter.

He said most pharmacies in Kulai has run out of alcohol swabs, with high demand for face mask and hand sanitiser.

“This situation could be due to fake news making its rounds on social media, urging the public to use alcohol swabs to clean items they buy that are from China,” he said.

Pharmacist Hiew Kai Ming said alcohol swabs were used by diabetics when injecting insulin into their bodies and carry out blood tests to monitor their glucose levels.

“They use the alcohol swab to clean the surface of the skin before injecting insulin.

“Although not compulsory to use, it sterilises the skin area, ensuring hygiene and preventing infections,” he said.

Hiew added that patients who were unable to get alcohol swabs could take other steps to maintain hygiene.

“Wash hands and clean the area where you are going to inject the insulin with soap,” he said.

He said alcohol swabs were priced between RM5 and RM10 per box, containing about 100 pieces.

“It is not really practical or cost-effective to use them to clean items to keep away Covid-19.

“The World Health Organisation had announced that the virus does not survive long on objects,” he said.

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