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By Monique Washington


Locally made hand sanitizers have grown extremely popular in the Federation due to the COVID 19  pandemic.  But how safe are these locally made hand sanitizers?

Some businesses have hand sanitizer pumps located at their entrances, others have employees with a spray bottle and ask each customer to have the solution sprayed on their hands. Then others have baby wipes soaked in a solution at the entrance of their businesses. Some business has also placed on sale locally made hand sanitizers.

The Observer questioned the Chairperson of the Nevis Covid19 Task Force  Dr. Judy Nisbet as to the safety of the product.

Nisbett noted that “it has been a concern of the Task Force” as to what is being used.

“We are in discussions or will be shortly in discussions with the Bureau of Standards to analyze the solution that is made by entities. So, we will be able to know what is in the solutions in short order,” she said.

Meantime Director of the Nevis  Emergency Operation EOC and co-chair of the Nevis  COVID 19 Task Force Bain Dryer, informed that they are making preparation to supply  Nevisians with face masks and hand sanitizers once the shipment of face masks arrive on the island.

“The Nevis Disaster Management in Nevis has received a number of hand sanitizers. We are currently awaiting the shipment of face masks to go with the hand sanitizers. When we are in position or possession  the mask the Nevis Island Administration in collaboration with the Social Services will make a determination on the strategy on the distribution of theses supplied” he said.