Perth-based company Wild Child Laboratories has been selected by the WA Government to produce clinical-grade hand sanitiser to meet the demand created by COVID-19.
The Malaga business was recently awarded a $1.7 million contract to produce 200,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to WA hospitals for the remainder of the year.
With around 5,000 bottles of hand sanitiser required by WA hospitals each week, local production will significantly boost the State’s supply for the next nine months.
The manufacturing of the product in WA will not only boost local industry and employment, it also helps to secure supply chains by reducing reliance on overseas products.
Wild Child Laboratories will produce the hand sanitiser to meet WA Health specifications, which exceed those of the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Health Minister Roger Cook said the WA Government wanted to help Western Australians keep their jobs.
"This is just one great example of how Western Australian manufacturers are stepping up to the mark to help protect our healthcare workers and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
"The ability to secure essential supplies of clinical-grade hand sanitisers for our hospitals is vital for good hand hygiene and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other germs.
"This contract is part of the ongoing work of the WA Health procurement teams to ensure adequate supply of essential products across the state despite national and international shortages."