By Richa Noriega
Amid the country’s battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) is producing immunity-boosting cookies and juice for COVID-19 frontliners.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the university said that the faculty members of NwSSU are producing power-packed and energy boosting cookies and electrolytes, and immunity-boosting buko juice for COVID-19 frontliners starting April 6, Monday at the NwSSU food processing laboratory.
According to Dr. Gerald T. Malabarbas, director for Research and Development, the faculty is aiming to produce 1,800 packs of cookies and 1,800 bottles of buko juice to be distributed for two weeks.
Nelissa Sudaria, program chair of Food Technology and the co-proponent of the project, said that the produced cookies are rich in vitamins A, B, and E, carbohydrates, and fiber, while the buko juice has electrolytes and vitamin C which are necessary in boosting the immunity of the frontliners.
Meanwhile, two students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman have developed ginger-calamansi drink that boosts the immune system and distributed to health workers at the Philippine General Hospital and Lung Center of the Philippines.