For over a month now, we’re battling with the second wave of the novel coronavirus, an unprecedented pandemic that continues to wreak havoc on the world’s economy and society. While Pakistan fought the first wave well and earned praises from the top world health bodies, the second wave is challenging the previous success. The economic impact of the pandemic and its disruption of the people’s livelihood apart, the heavy toll it’s taking on public health also seems disastrous.
So far, the virus has infected close to half a million people and claimed nearly 9,000 lives in Pakistan. Preventive measures, such as strict adherence to SOPs – social distancing and personal hygiene being the top ones – are hailed as the only effective solutions to fend off the virus as the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines in Pakistan still seems distant. As hospital ICUs get flocked again with critical patients and the virus fatalities soar with each passing day, the active and responsible contribution of the public to curtail the spread has become more instrumental than before.
Worsening the situation for the ill and healthy alike is the deteriorating air quality in Pakistan. Just recently, Lahore once again dominated the list of the most polluted cities in the world, with its air quality index (AQI) recorded six times over the safe limit. On the morning of Nov 23, Lahore was engulfed in a grey haze and recorded an AQI of 306, according to data compiled by IQAir, a global air quality monitor. Anyone can imagine how it would have affected the victims of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), a deadly virus that primarily hits the lungs.
Another challenge that Pakistan faces is the widespread reluctance in the use of hand sanitizers, most of which are alcohol-based. This makes many members of the public resort to alternative options, most of which are good for nothing and provide no protection against the novel coronavirus that can remain active in the air and on surfaces from hours to days. Such hand sanitizers do little but provide a false sense of protection which makes people feel ‘safe’ and let their guards down.
A Pakistani healthcare products company is meeting the challenges head-on. Medinostic Healthcare, a part of Kohinoor Group that was established in 1948, has developed a range of products to help people fight the Covid pandemic more effectively. Dealing in the areas of infection control and medical education, Medinostic envisions to advance the simulation-based medical education and infection control market in Pakistan. In fact, Medinostic is the market leader in the Pakistani consumer disinfectant and medical simulation segment.
How Medinostic is helping the fight against Covid-19
The company has developed a range of personal, home, and office products to ensure wellness amid the widespread pandemic. From disinfectant sanitizers, soaps, and wipes, to hand dryers, dispensers, and air purifiers, Medinostic offers it all under one roof to promote safe and healthy living. While at home, on the move, or at work. But there are two products that are particularly targeting the current pandemic challenges in Pakistan. These include an alcohol-free hand sanitizer and a high-tech air purifier.
HiClean Alcohol-Free Hand Foam Sanitizer
A number of studies have shown alcohol-free hand sanitizers and other quaternary ammonium disinfectants to be highly effective against SARS-CoV-2. One particular study performed suspension tests against SARS-CoV-2 using three commercially available quaternary ammonium compound (Quat) disinfectants and one laboratory-made 0.2% benzalkonium chloride solution. Three of the four formulations completely inactivated the virus within 15 seconds of contact, even in the presence of a soil load or when diluted in hard water.
HiClean is Pakistan’s first-hand foam sanitizer that has been tested to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) by the esteemed BLUTEST Lab of the UK. Its non-alcoholic formulation is created as part of the WHO Hand Hygiene Guidelines that keeps the skin moisturized and safe from common side effects of frequent alcohol use. Since it’s non-alcoholic, the sanitizer is non-flammable and non-toxic. Above all, the HiClean hand foam sanitizer is halal certified and its odorless variant is most recommended for religious travel such as Umrah and Hajj.
The active ingredient of HiClean, Sterizar, provides advanced barrier control that protects hands longer than other products. HiClean hand foam sanitizer comes in 50 ML, 600 ML, 1 Litre, and 5 Litre (refill) with Lemon, Vanilla, and odorless fragrances. Its unique hand pump technology transforms liquid into foam thus decreasing the spills and utilizing only the required quantity for proper disinfectant, giving users 50% more usage than the usual products.
Sharp Air Purifier with Plasmacluster Technology
Besides sanitization and personal hygiene, protection from airborne SARS-CoV-2 can be achieved through wearing protective face masks. But, for the first time in the world, an ionization air decontamination technology can offer an extra helping hand to protect from airborne SARS-CoV-2. One of the world’s leading technology companies, Sharp Corporation, performed the Plasmacluster testing against airborne SARS-CoV-2 in close collaboration with a group of globally renowned scientists in the field of virology, coming up with its first-of-a-kind air purifier.
Equipped with Plasmacluster technology, the device exposed airborne novel coronavirus to Plasmacluster ions for approximately 30 seconds, and demonstrated that the virus was reduced by more than 90%. With its unique scientific concept, Plasmacluster technology is considered as one of the safest and most effective air decontamination technologies that can create a safe and healthy environment by providing optimum and continuous protection against airborne Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, Dust Mites Allergens, Dust Particles, and Bad Odors.
Besides Covid-19, smog is also a critical health issue in Pakistan as it can easily irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. It can also potentially worsen the existing heart and lung problems, and in the worst cases, even cause lung cancer with regular long-term exposure. Sharp Air Purifiers are also equipped with a HEPA filter that removes smog and ensures clean air for a healthy environment.
Big discounts on Medinostic products on Daraz 12:12
Participating in the Daraz 12:12 sale, Medinostic is offering attractive discounts of up to 25% on its entire products range from Dec 12 to Dec17.
Moreover, being the ‘Air Purifier Partner of Daraz 12.12’, Medinostic is providing a 25% discount on the Sharp Air Purifier with Plasmacluster technology for the room. Now customers can get the Sharp Air Purifier for PKR 40,000 instead of the retail price of PKR 53,000.