More than 6,000 liters of Dettol disinfectant donated to hospitals for fight against COVID-19

Friday, Aug 28, 2020 18:30

Soren Bech, General manager of RB Vietnam, says Dettol will effectively help protect health workders and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 11,000 bottles of Dettol 500ml, or 6,000 litres of disinfectant, have been donated to 22 hospitals nation-wide, marking the official entry into Viet Nam of Dettol, a well-established brand of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. (RB).

The beneficiaries include Bach Mai, Hanoi Obstetrics, State Obstetrics, Cho Ray, Tu Du, Hung Vuong, Nhi Dong I, Nhi Dong 2, Nhi Dong HCM City, Da Nang Maternity and Children, Hai Phong Maternity, Can Tho Maternity, etc.

“Dettol’s timely presence in the Vietnamese market while the coronavirus pandemic is still occurring will effectively protect healthcare workers as well as families, especially for affected central provinces and cities”, says Soren Bech, General manager of RB Vietnam.

“We expect that the amount of disinfectant will significantly help clean surfaces at hospitals during the pandemic for helping doctors, patients and others at the hospitals be protected”, he adds.

Doctor Nguyen Tri Thuc, Director of Cho Ray Hospital, and Nguyen Thanh Binh, Corporate communication and external affairs director of RB Vietnam at the donation event.

Over the past 85 years, Dettol has been trusted around the world to help prevent wounds from infection, prevent sickness and help mums protect their families by killing harmful germs and helping to create safe environments for them to thrive in.

In Vietnam, Dettol has been licensed by the Ministry of Health’s department of health environment management, which has confirmed that it kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Dettol can be diluted to wipe floors and other hard surfaces, disinfect skin wounds or use for personal hygiene following the indications on the package. It can be used to disinfect clothes by diluting it before pouring it intothe washing machine - one of the recommended good habits.

In addition to information about the time the SARS-CoV-2 virus lingers in the air, amuch-discussed study published in the New England Medical Journal by researchers in the U.S. looked at the survival of the coronavirus on a variety of surfaces like plastic, steel, copper, and cardboard.

While the virus was still detected after 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, it was no longer detectable after 24 hours and four hours on cardboard and copper.

Dettol are on the way to hospitals around Vietnam, especially the central region, to help them fight against Covid-19

That is why medical facilities need to regularly clean their surfaces with antiseptic solutions, and people are recommended to use disinfectants daily to clean household items, floors and especially cell phones toprevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In Vietnam, hospitals have been directed by the Ministry of Health to take drastic measures to protect medical staff, patients and their relatives from the pandemic, and prevent it from spreading into the community. Disinfection is especially essential in the medical environment.

In Vietnam, Dettol is sold in pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores and on e-commerce sites.

Dettol is 99.9 per cent effective against SARS-CoV-2

According to Medical Documentation 2020, there is evidence that microbicides with antiviral effects can fight against SARS-CoV-2 on hard surfaces. Accordingly, the product with the biocide active ingredient formula on SARS-CoV-2 will protect medical staff, researchers and the community from and fight against COVID-19.

Following the release of the novel SARS-CoV-2, RB commissioned a series of independent laboratory tests with Microbac to assess the effectiveness of Dettol against the virus.

The American Journal of Infection Control has recognised the significance of the testing that RB did and published an abstract ( which shows that Dettol is 99.9 per cent effective against SARS-CoV-2.

The testing has been comprehensive and will cover our core active ingredients across the majority of the portfolio and product formulations of Dettol, including antiseptic liquid, hand sanitiser, hand wash, disinfectant spray, personal care and surface wipes, laundry sanitiser, disinfectant hygiene liquid, and soap.

Recently Dettol received the 2020 Health Partnership Award in recognition of its outstanding community service in personal hygiene under the category of corporate social responsibility. – VNS


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