MALAYSIA: Luxembourg firm to produce reusable medical gloves

"The reusable medical gloves will be produced in Penang and Bangladesh," he told Bernama.

Made mostly of latex, there are different types of medical gloves such as powder-free gloves or powdered with cornstarch to lubricate them.

"Medical gloves are one of the most important items in the healthcare industry today," Haider said, adding they were disposed of once used for medical examinations and procedures to prevent contamination between caregivers and patients.

Haider said such a practice was however not environmental-friendly as latex medical gloves are not biodegradable.

To overcome this, researchers at The Glove Technology has invented new reusable medical gloves that enable them to be used up to six times before they are being disposed of.

"This new technology allows the gloves to be used up to six times, so that we do not need to throw them, hence we can save a lot of money, we estimate up to 70% in savings," said the chairman of IPSSL Group, an agricultural conglomerate from Bangladesh.

The medical gloves which have been used will be washed and sterilised in a specially made machine invented for this purpose and they can be used again, he added.

A launching ceremony in conjunction with this project will be held soon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Haider said.

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is chairman of The Glove Technology, will represent the company at the signing of a marketing agreement with Synergy Greengloves Sdn Bhd.

Source: "Bernama" (National News Agency of Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur; 19 Oct 2013(Syed Rashid Ali Karachi, Pakistan)