SHAH ALAM – Nippon VirusGuard, a new paint formula to safeguard against Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) and the H1N1 virus, will be available in the market next month.
Produced by Nippon Paint Malaysia (Nippon Paint), the paint which was developed with “Silver Ion Technology”, is the first of its kind to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial coating to inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria on painted surfaces.
“Nippon VirusGuard can help mitigate the spread of contagious diseases such as HFMD and H1N1.
“The revolutionary water-based hygiene paint prevents the growth of micro-organisms using a controlled ion-release system, besides featuring low odour with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC),” Nippon Paint, Group Managing Director, Yaw Seng Heng, said.
He was speaking at the launch of the new paint in Bukit Jelutong here today.
Yaw said Nippon Paint is also working with relevant parties to come up with an anti-mosquito wall paint to combat dengue, which is a common, growing problem worldwide.
Meanwhile, Associate Professor Dr Chan Yoke Fun from the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine of University Malaya, said the Nippon VirusGuard paint can help reduce the spread of HFMD, a common disease in Malaysia that caused periodic closures of childcare centres and nurseries.
She said statistics from the Health Ministry showed that 13,497 HFMD cases were reported between January and April 2015, a 83 per cent increase compared to the 7,368 cases recorded in the same period last year. – BERNAMA