The Rural Women Technology Park (RWTP) under CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, have engaged rural women to prepare various products such as hand sanitizer, homemade mask, and liquid disinfectant to be distributed freely among family members and poor people in the nearby village to help combat novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the area.
“Meeting a challenge such as COVID-19 needs strong community participation and support. Self-help groups and dedicated NGOs are perfect vehicles in the current scenario for awareness creation, introducing relevant solutions, making and distributing the low tech items such as masks and disinfectants”, said Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST).
Rural women from the region were trained to produce homemade mask from traditional ‘gamosa’ (a traditional Assamese cotton towel) by RWTP. Six homemade masks can be prepared from one ‘gamosa’.
Apart from this, 200 litres of liquid disinfectant is being produced. The raw materials required for liquid disinfectant like Dettol, ethanol, glycerine, essential oil have been acquired. The disinfectant will also be distributed freely among the family members and poor people in the nearby village.
The women prepared about 50 litres of hand sanitizer, 160 litres of liquid disinfectant which have been distributed among the 60 women participants and their family members.