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COVID-19 WATCH

Eastern Visayas State University

Neil Alcober

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A state university in Tacloban City, Leyte stepped up with its locally-made innovation in conquering the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak — a 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 and Calcium — all nutrients needed to boost one’s immunity against COVID-19.

As of 3 April 2020, the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) has already produced and donated 2,200 bottles of ExCITE, a natural immune system booster drink to frontliners at checkpoints in Tacloban City and Palo town; police, health and social welfare personnel within Tacloban City; volunteers at the Yolanda relocation sites; the OSF Convent (Order of St. Francis) at Tigbao; and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional offices

“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,” EVSU President Dominador Aguirre Jr. said.

EVSU targets to produce additional 2,500 330ml bottles of the drink to be distributed to the frontliners in their communities.

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