Wearing Masks in Uganda to become the norm as President Museveni eases lockdown.
President Museveni has clarified that lifting of the lockdown will be tied down to the distribution of masks around the whole country.
While addressing the nation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on Monday 18th, President Museveni said that government is already in co-operation with manufactures in particular Nytil company to ensure quick production of enough masks to accommodate all Ugandans countrywide.
Museveni said that the whole process of acquisition and distribution of these masks will take about two weeks and then after that, some activities and businesses will resume their operations.
According to the President, the masks are very important and safe more so when in public places because they can help minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
“Opening up is down to the mask and the masks will be ready in two weeks, starting May 19,” President Museveni said.
“We believe that with the proper mask, you do not infect others and you also do not get infected, on top of all the other measures.”
In addition, Museveni said that since many Ugandans claim they are unable to afford the masks, government is going undertake free countrywide distribution of safe cloth masks up to every individual of six years and above.
He explained that this is aimed at ensuring every body has equal access to the right masks as a way of mitigating the spread of the virus. He said the masks will be distributed through the district local councils (LCs) for easy access.
“Considering that many people were complaining that they cannot afford to buy a mask, and also to prevent people from sharing masks, the government has decided to provide masks for free to all Ugandans of six years and above up to the village,” Museveni added.
“They will be distributed through the local council system. This is to re-emphasize the compulsion of people to wear a mask when in public.”
Meanwhile, he advised Ugandans that even after acquisition of these proper face masks, they should continue adhering to guidelines in place such as washing hands and keeping social distance.
“But remember even after the masks have come you should continue washing hands with soap, using sanitiser and keeping social distance.”
Appropriately, he warned a particular section of Ugandans who are treating masks as a decoration by hanging them around their necks rather than wearing over the nose and mouth.
“Put the mask over your mouth and nose all the time as long as you are in public. Don’t just hang it around your neck because it’s not for decoration,” Museveni explained.
“Even when you are speaking, leave the mask on because if you remove it, you are infecting or getting the infection from the air, and also the hands you are fidgeting with while removing the mask can bring the infection.”