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From: Clear vision – Footsteps 13

Helpful guidelines for simple eye care

A letter recently received from Senggo Christian Hospital in Irian Jaya, raised various questions about the sterilisation of equipment to kill the HIV virus. The letter ends ‘...in the developing world, it isn’t much help to know that glutaraldehyde is best, when it is too expensive and hard to get.’

Here are a number of helpful points from Dr Victoria Wells of ECHO and Dr Monica Cheesbrough, which may be of use to those of you involved with sterilising equipment in small clinics where supplies of suitable disinfectant may be erratic or difficult to obtain.  These chemicals will kill the HIV virus after soaking for 30 minutes.

Lysol, Savlon and Dettol will not kill the HIV virus.  

Ask for more information from...

ECHO, Ullswater Crescent, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2HR, UK.

A new chemical will soon become widely available throughout the world - NaDCC. This is very stable in heat and sunlight, easy to use in tablet form and quickly kills the HIV virus. Look out for this in your own country.

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