(Mecca) – Mecca
A scientific study conducted by a research team of academic experts at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at Umm Al-Qura University concluded the extraction of non-harmful plant matter to eliminate the Corona Virus family, including Covid 19, and to disinfect surfaces, solid objects and floors from viruses and pathogenic microbes within 30 seconds.
The study conducted by the laboratory and laboratories of the Department of Medical Microorganisms at the University’s College of Medicine and took 6 years and was approved by one of the most prominent American laboratories (BIOSCIENCE LABORATORIES, INC) concerned with different corona viruses, recognized by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States of America, the ability of the effectiveness of the plant material extracted in eliminating Corona virus and similar viruses with a toxicity rate (zero) on cells from the study sample. The research project demonstrated that the substance is safe, harmless and has no side effects on living cells.
The head of the research team, Dr. Sami Ashkar, that a patent application for registering the material has been deposited with the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, noting that the extracted plant material has proven its ability to limit the spread of viruses, stubborn bacteria or what is known as antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are the primary cause of killer hospital infections such as bacteria ( CRPA) or (MRSA), and results revealed the ability of the material to disinfect floors and hard surfaces such as tables, doors, windows, etc., and reduce infection while human contact with it.
It is worth noting that the scientific team included Dr. Hamdi Al-Sayed, and Dr. Abdullah Ahmad, and researchers: Abdullah Abiad, Asem Abdel Shakour and Muhammad Al-Thaqafi from the Department of Microorganisms besides Dr. Ammar Badr from the Department of Pharmacology, University College of Pharmacy.
On the other hand, Dr. revealed Ashkar, the university is a pioneer in establishing the concept of knowledge economics by making use of scientific research and innovations to provide products that serve the local and global community and open new horizons in investment and diversification of income sources.
The research project was able to develop the active plant material and use it in the manufacture of several biological products that are environmentally friendly and have no side effect on human health; Among these products: a general disinfectant for surfaces, a floor cleaner, liquid soap for hands, and other products in the process of manufacturing, adding that the products were registered as a brand name “Bactel” for “Pactec”, one of the startups in the Valley of Technology, the investment arm of Umm Al-Qura University.
Dr. added. Ashkar said that the product had already been launched locally, and the Makkah Valley Company initiated a number of governmental agencies, ministries and agencies, to cooperate and contribute to curbing the spread of the Corona pandemic through specific partnerships.