To support those fighting on the frontlines, the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) has created a locally made concoction for conquering the COVID-19 outbreak—natural immune system booster drink.
ExCITE, which stands for “Extinguishing Communicable Infection Through Edible plant source,” is a drink made from carrot extract, malunggay, and calamansi which makes it rich in iron, Vitamin C, Potassium, Beta-carotene, Calcium—bring critical nutrients to fight possible infection coming from the environment.
Over 2,000 bottles of ExCITE, has been provided for frontliners at checkpoints in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte for:
1) Police, health and social welfare personnel within Tacloban City;
2) Volunteers at the Yolanda relocation sites;
3) The OSF Convent (Order of St. Francis) at Tigbao;
4) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);
5) Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional offices .
EVSU aims to produce an additional 2,500 330ml bottles of the drink to be distributed to the frontliners in their local communities. CHED will soon be funding SUCs to increase their production of “Anti-COVID19” products as the pandemic continues to hit the country.
“The production is now going on and made possible in collaboration with the technical expertise of nutritionists, food technologists and home economists of the College of Technology,” said EVSU President Dominador O. Aguirre, Jr.
According to Aguirre, ExCITE, developed by the Eastern Visayas Food Innovation Center (EVFIC), is an added solution in these extraordinary times to help combat the threats of COVID-19.
“We do this to provide a healthy drink that could boost one’s immune system, especially those serving as frontliners in medical institutions, the community volunteers and the vulnerable age groups,” he added.
“The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) lauds the efforts and initiatives of the state universities and colleges (SUCs) throughout the country who see the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to produce innovative products to help our frontline workers,” said CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III.
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