The South Australian State Government announced a $2 million partnership with local family-run business Chesser Chemicals to boost the supply of hand sanitiser and protect those working on the frontline during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Premier Steven Marshall said the agreement will see Chesser Chemicals supply 20,000 bottles of hand sanitiser each week to ensure ongoing supplies for hospitals, schools and other government services.
“In addition, there are also two container loads of hand sanitiser being delivered over the next two weeks, so South Australians and healthcare workers can feel reassured we have sufficient supply,” the Premier added.
“To help support the increased production, the local business has employed an additional 12 staff.
“This is another example of South Australian manufacturing businesses being innovative and partnering with the State Government to find ways to fight this pandemic.
SA Health’s Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Jenny Hurley, said hand hygiene is ‘one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of infection’.
“Washing hands with soap and water for 15-20 seconds is the best way to reduce germs on hands, and should always be encouraged over the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers outside of a healthcare setting,” Ms Hurley said.
“When soap and water aren’t readily available, alcohol-based hand sanitiser is a great option to help avoid spreading germs.
“Good hygiene practices like washing your hands regularly and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other colds and flu.”