Mo­bile laun­dry dry­ing unit be­gins ser­vices in Chi­ayi

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion launched a mo­bile ser­vice in Chi­ayi on Tues­day to dry and ster­il­ize cloth­ing and bed­ding for el­derly and bedrid­den peo­ple in the south­ern city.

The Ja­pan- made t ruck, which cost NT$2.84 mil­lion, is equipped with a eater that uses in­frared rays to ster­il­ize and de­odor­ize bed­ding, said Li Shi­h­hung, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Sis­ters of Our Lady of China Catholic Char­ity So­cial Wel­fare Foun­da­tion that is op­er­at­ing the ser­vice.

Pow­ered by kerosene, the equip­ment can reach a tem­per­a­ture of 90 de­grees Cel­sius, dry­ing fab­rics in 45-60 min­utes, four times faster than the sun, Li said. Li said the ster­il­izer can kill pests and germs, in­clud­ing sca­bies mites and dust mites, with­out the use of pes­ti­cides.

The first per­son to use the ser­vice was a 92-year-old man, sur­named Lin, who lost his right hand in a work ac­ci­dent when he was young.

The mo­bile dry­ing and ster­il­iza­tion unit pro­vides free ser­vices to low-in­come, lower-mid­dle in­come and mar­ginal house­holds, to help el­derly peo­ple and bedrid­den pa­tients main­tain good hy­giene, ac­cord­ing to Li.

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