Uganda starts distributing free face masks
Uganda has started distributing free face masks in border districts such as; Adjumani, Amuru, Kyotera and Rakai. FILE PHOTO

Uganda has started distributing free face masks in border districts such as; Adjumani, Amuru, Kyotera and Rakai.

After a long wait, the government of Uganda has started distributing free government face masks.

At the end of last month, while issuing new presidential guidelines while easing down the lockdown, President Museveni said that the government was to give out free face masks to be used in public as a measure to cut off the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Health, the process of face mask distribution was launched by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali

Earlier on the President had said that the process of distribution of face masks will begin in the border districts since there the worst hit by the pandemic and according to the Ministry of Health, the distribution started with border districts such as; Adjumani, Amuru, Kyotera and Rakai

The ministry also added that total number of 750,000 face masks will be distributed to communities in border districts and over 30 million face masks will be distributed countrywide.

“The distribution of masks was launched today by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali. A total of 750,000 face masks will be distributed to communities in the border districts of; Adjumani, Amuru, Kyotera and Rakai. Over 30 million face masks will be distributed countrywide,” the Ministry of Health said.

Uganda starts distributing free face masks
Uganda has started distributing free face masks in border districts such as; Adjumani, Amuru, Kyotera and Rakai. FILE PHOTO

Ministry of Health has said that the process of mask distribution is part of the government’s interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the ministry the masks being distributed are made up of 3 layers the outer layer is 65% polyester and 35 cottons, the, middle layer is made up of chiffon while the innermost is made of cotton.

“The masks are made up of 3 layers; the outer layer is 65% polyester and 35% cotton, the middle layer is made up of chiffon while the innermost layer is made of cotton,” the Ministry of health added.

The parliament of Uganda opposed the idea of single sourcing of NYTIL to produce face masks. This delayed the process of manufacturing face masks since the MPs wanted an open-sourcing in which every interested company could come and bid for the manufacturing of the government masks.

This made the State Minister for Primary Health Care, Joyce Moriku Kaducu to assure Parliament that the government of Uganda had lined up 28 companies to consider for the manufacturing of the face masks. 

Earlier this week while addressing the nation at heroes’ day the president urged every Ugandan to wear a face mask while in public.