Is gas the answer? Experts look to ozone techniques to stop MERS
Experts have suggested use of ozone techniques in Saudi Arabia will stop the advance of a number of fungi and bacteria that cause infectious diseases, including coronavirus, which has recently spread in the Kingdom.
With more than 150 experts and specialists representing 20 government agencies and private companies participating, the first forum on specialized technique of ozone and its applications in Saudi Arabia titled “Ozone: Proven solution to emerging challenges,” concluded here on Thursday.
Sami Suleiman Al-Akouz, CEO of the Saudi Ozone Company, revealed that the forum aimed to explore the importance of ozone techniques and its applications. “We are hoping to use it in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide a better quality of life to our people,” he said.
The one-day forum witnessed workshops on the developments in the ozone around the world, and presentations of projects and sophisticated devices of modern global companies specialized in the applications of ozone.
In his inauguration speech, Abdulhamid Bin Hammad Aba Al-Arri, general director of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, said: “Coronavirus has caused concern at all levels of society and most of the government bodies have stood up together to find a way to fight this virus and to eliminate its spread.”
On the other hand, Prof. Saeed Jassim, member of the International Federation of Substances and adviser to the Organization of American Environment, noted that the ability of new technology (ozone) could stop the advance of a number of fungi and bacteria that cause infectious diseases.
He pointed out that the reason for the spread of viruses in the Kingdom is due to the large number of people coming for Haj and Umrah.
Jassim and other members of the International Ozone Association supported the idea of establishing a regional ozone association based in Saudi Arabia to be a scientific reference and research attraction for ozone application in the region which can provide the desired kind of support for interested experts.
In conclusion, participants at the forum agreed that recent studies have demonstrated the success of ozone in reducing chemicals used in water purification.