Uganda ministry Making Face Masks
Health Ministry Calls for Applications of All Companies Interested in Making Face Masks. FILE PHOTO

Uganda’s Ministry of Health calls for applications of all companies interested in making face masks.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has called on all private companies, organizations willing and interested in manufacturing and supplying the face masks in Uganda to apply and be given permission.

The Ministry’s call comes at a time when President Museveni on Monday 18, said that lifting of the country’s lockdown is tied down to the distribution of masks countrywide.

Mr Museveni was holding his 14th address to the nation about the novel coronavirus. He said the government has already contracted Nytil company to ensure free distribution of face masks to all Ugandans aged six years and above.

This raised questions from many Ugandans about how long government will take delivering these masks to every citizen countrywide yet even the food distribution that was only aimed at two districts, Wakiso and Kampala are still yet to reach completion.

The President on Tuesday 19, returned and cleared the air that any Ugandan who is in position to acquire himself a quality and standard two-layer mask with a filter will be allowed access to move freely.

He explained that the government only took up the decision of manufacturing these masks themselves to ensure that every single individual in the country has equal access to a standard and even safer mask.

With now private transport expected to resume tomorrow, May 26, and public transport on May 4, it is compulsory for every Ugandan to wear a mask once he or she is in a public place.

The health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng on Thursday 21, re-echoed that wearing a face mask is now mandatory and no individual will be allowed access into a public place minus a mask.

Dr Aceng was educating on the proper use of the face masks. She advised the general public save for the health workers and doctors to use the non-medical masks made out of fabric preferably cotton because they are cost-saving and easily manageable.

The Minister explained that the non-medical masks can be washed, ironed and worn again unlike the medical ones which are thrown away after a single-use.

Meanwhile, in the wake of events, the health ministry has called on all wellwisher companies to email their applications and be granted permission to manufacture and supply the face masks.

“All companies that are interested in manufacturing and supplying face masks are advised to send an email to procurement@health.go.ug expressing interest,” a statement from the Ministry read.

It added: “Submit your company name, manufacturing capacity and location of your firm.”