As the fight against dreaded COVID-19 intensifies world over, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is gaining prominence like never before and why not. It is after all the only protective shield for the frontline Coronavirus warriors who are putting their lives at stake to save thousands of infected people.
The recent death of a doctor in Bangladesh has once again reinforced the importance of PPE for doctors and health workers in the country.
Now a chemical engineer of Bangladeshi-Australian origin has come up with a unique and faster way of sterilising the PPE so that the same can be used repeatedly. And his weapon is germicidal ultraviolet radiation, also known as UV-C!
The initiative by Dr. Md. Arifur Rahim has reportedly been given the go ahead by the Bangladesh health authorities.
“We are very excited for this project to be successful. But we cannot do without the help of the authorities and we need volunteers to come forward,”underlined Dr. Rahim speaking to the media.
It may be mentioned here that UV-C – UV light scrambles the genetic material of viruses and bacteria rendering them dead – is reportedly being used in many parts of the world already, including China, where the authorities are using UV light emitting robots to disinfect banks and hospitals.
Further, the technology is also reportedly being used to sterilise currencies and also disinfect public transports.