UKM makes its own hand sanitisers

Made on campus: The sanitiser to be distributed free university-wide.

BANGI: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has taken ensuring good hygiene into their own hands.

Its health centre director Dr Mohd Azman Abas said the varsity decided to make its own hand sanitisers as these were hard to come by.

“We use 99% alcohol which is liquified to 70%. The raw materials are from Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz’s pharmacy store.

“The solution is prepared there and bottled at our health centre.

“The hand sanitiser dispensers, which are regularly refilled, are distributed free to all residential colleges, faculties and administrative departments,” he said via a press release on Sunday.

UKM has also set up a Covid-19 operations room at the health centre’s emergency unit.

“The operations room serves as a one-stop centre that deals with campus workflow and processes in relation to Covid-19,” he said, adding that the operations room is also a reference and data collection centre for Covid-19 student statistics during the movement control order (MCO).

“Besides the hand sanitisers, face masks, gloves and other necessities are distributed to security, residential college and healthcare personnel at our operations room daily.”

On Saturday, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad visited the health centre and residential colleges to make sure that the welfare of students who stayed on campus was taken care of. For details on the measures implemented, visit

Elsewhere, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is transferring students living in residential colleges in the outskirts of the campus into the main campus to facilitate their access to food and services.

UPM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Aini Ideris said students living off-campus could contact the student representative council or student affairs division for assistance.

“Free food and personal care items are delivered directly to the residential colleges to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections.

“We’ve also started a 24-hour operations room as a student reference centre,” Prof Dr Aini said via a statement.

The cost of the free food assistance totalled RM200,000, she added.

On Friday, the government announced that food would be provided to students staying in university or college campuses following the imposition of the MCO.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was decided after the government received complaints from parents that many students in higher learning institutions could not afford to buy food.

She said that for students who were home, UPM’s University Health Centre (PKU) would be in touch with them to obtain their health status information.

PKU operates from 8am to 5pm on weekdays to provide treatment to students and man a risk screening counter which operates daily.

“UPM students are reminded not to leave campus. A visa and pass counter will be open from 9am until noon for international students to retrieve their passports.

“We’re also providing guest houses to international students and distributing basic necessities to them,” she added.

Transportation facilities for students to go to shops in Taman Sri Serdang were also provided from 10am to 5pm, Prof Dr Aini said.

Meanwhile, Universiti Malaya (UM) has exempted residential college accommodation fees during the MCO. It will also be providing food for students living on campus from March 23 until the end of the month.

“A one-stop centre is operating to facilitate collection and distribution of dry goods and sustenance items.

“Selected cafeterias and sundry shops will be operational at residential colleges and their rental will be exempted for March.

“Maintenance and cleaning works at residential colleges will be carried out with a minimum number of staff.“Students living off-campus can contact the numbers given for assistance,” said UM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs) Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman.

He said that off-campus students could contact three fellows if they are in need of food assistance.

They are Hairil (0182316646), Khairul (01116480208) and Rasyeed (0123006725).
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