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Mobile laundry drying unit begins service in Chiayi

Mobile laundry drying unit begins service in Chiayi

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) 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 truck, which cost NT$2.84 million, is equipped with a heater that uses infrared rays to sterilize and deodorize bedding, said Li Shih-hung, 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. (By Chiang Chu-liang and Y.F. Low)