By Staff Writer
TOP officials from the Zanu-PF Youth League on Tuesday visited a sanitiser manufacturing plant as part of efforts to help make citizens ready to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports Arts and Recreation, Tinoda Machakaire, as well as Zanu-PF Politburo member Tendai Chirau were part of the top ruling party officials who toured the chemicals facility to appreciate how local solutions to hygiene can help make the nation starve off what looks set to be its biggest pandemic in a long memory.
The manufacturing company, known as Caidre, is located in the industrial area of Granitesite in Harare.
Officials from Empowerment Bank led by the acting CEO Mr Shadreck Mhembere, was also part of the team that visited the chemicals company owned by a youth entrepreneur Mr Raymond Mutadza.
Mr. Mutadza expressed confidence that he can meet the expected rise in demand for antiseptics and sanitisers during the period the nation is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
He however bemoaned the shortages of foreign currency from the official market to procure ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol (IPA), a key ingredient in his business.
Isopropyl alcohol produced in Zimbabwe by Green Fuels in the loweveld as part of the ethanol making process.
However, Zimbabwe Voice understands that Green Fuel is only keen to export the vital chemical to South Africa where it fetches a huge return.
Isopropyl alcohol when mixed with water can be used as a rubbing-alcohol antiseptic.
It also finds wide use in aftershave lotions, hand lotions, as solvent for medicinal drugs, and other cosmetics.
Zimbabwe had had two confirmed Covid-19 cases to date, one of whom died yesterday at the Wilkins Hospital in Harare.
The Government has already rolled out a set of measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, among which includes the shutting down of borders, bars, beerhalls, as well as the limitations on social events and public functions. – Zimbabwe Voice