Friday, April 9, 2021, the Biology Study Program, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Medan Area, held a workshop event for Making Organic Hand Sanitizers which was held live at Zoom meetings and Youtube and covered by Metro TV. The speaker is dr. Maysarah Utami Siregar, MKM who is the head of the UMA student health center (Puskema) and previously also presented material on Making Organic Soap which was held by the UMA faculty of science and technology.
Also attending the event was the Rector of the University of Medan Area Prof. Dr. Dadan Ramdan, M. Eng, M.Sc and the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, UMA Dr. Faisal Amri Tanjung, S.ST, MT and also Mr. Abdul Karim, S.Si, M.Si as moderators at the event. On the occasion, the dean of science said that the making of hand sanitizers is expected to be practiced independently by students who are present and the community at home, to reduce the reduction in the current spread of Covid-19. In addition, the Chancellor said that it is hoped that the community and students can fortify themselves from environmental conditions, especially threats from viruses or bacteria by bringing homemade hand sanitizers.
Hand sanitizer functions to kill pathogens, can it be viruses or bacteria that stick everywhere. Usually, hand sanitizers on the market are made from alcohol, namely ethanol and isopropyl alcohol. The organic hand sanitizer that will be made is a safe and halal hand sanitizer so that it can be used before prayer. The ingredients used to make organic hand sanitizers are Betel Leaf, Fragrant Lemongrass, Cloves, Lemon, Ginger, Tea Tree, and Oregano.
The making itself is practiced by students of the science faculty, namely Ardiansyah, who is a new student with his friends who are in 2020, who are believed to be able to make their own organic hand sanitizer through the material provided by dr. maysarah. Ardi showed examples of the ingredients used and conveyed how to quantify the ingredients used for 7 days in the refrigerator at 0 degrees. After the event, Ardi and his friends immediately distributed the hand sanitizer made earlier at the UMA Taqwa Mosque for people who had finished praying.