Through the Community Service Program, the Department of Chemistry FMIPA UI collaborates with the Administration Center of FMIPA UI, and the Chemical Student Association (HMD) of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences UI produces and distributes hand sanitizers free of charge to the general public around the Depok, West Java.
The distribution was carried out by HMD Kimia FMIPA UI on Friday (20/3). The target locations for the distribution of hand sanitizers totaled 408 bottles of 100 ml, including the UI Student Dormitory, Yellow Bus Stop, Boulevard Park, the Ojek Partner Campus of the Faculty of Engineering, to the Dompet Dhuafa Foundation and the Al-Abqo Ziyadah Foundation for Al-Abqo Ziyadah Foundation Orphanage and Dhuafa.
The Dean of FMIPA UI Dr. Rokhmatuloh, M.Eng. said this activity was motivated by the scarcity of hand sanitizers on the market during the current pandemic COVID-19 outbreak, even though there was a price that was quite expensive.
This community engagement program, he continued, also became one of the service of FMIPA UI in implementing the knowledge of the civitas, accompanied by scientific moral responsibility, so as to be able to encourage the role of the FMIPA UI community, both students and researchers, to contribute to helping solve the nation’s problems.
“This program is a preventive measure that we have taken, given that handwashing liquid is still scarce on the market, so we encourage the FMIPA UI community to take on the role of helping the community by applying the knowledge they already have.” said Dr. Rokhmatuloh, M. Eng.
Head of the Chemistry Department Dr. rer nat. Budiawan explained that this community engagament program received funding support from FMIPA UI, and FMIPA UI Alumni.
Until now, production and distribution are still carried out, in accordance with the availability of stock or production targets of 300 Liters. Of this target, only 200 liters have been produced and distributed.
The production target, he continued, is to expand the distribution reach, especially for Hospitals and other Health Care Facilities (Fasyankes) around the Depok city.
“There is still another (production and distribution) according to the availability of 300 L stock, currently only 200 liters of production, production and distribution is not only for the general public, we also focus on hospitals and health centers”. he added to the FMIPA UI public relations team.
The hospitals that were targeted for distribution included the Islamic Hospital in Jakarta, and the Bunda Menteng Hospital.
Regarding what ingredients and formulas are used, he ensures that the Department of Chemistry FMIPA UI has followed the guidelines that have been standardized by the World Health Organization (WHO), taking into account health and environmentally friendly aspects.