Uganda Manufactures PPE Masks and N95 50,000 manufactured In Uganda masks in efforts to combat COVID-19
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has again delivered on his promised as he had said the military has started manufacturing N95 face masks and surgical masks to address a current shortage as the country strives to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. News around is that UPDF NEC has delivered a consignment of 1,000,000 million masks and 50,000 N95bringing his earlier promise alive. The consignment is now delivered to the Ministry of Health pending delivery to the different Hospitals and health centre as Museveni had said in a televised address that the National Enterprise Corporation, the army’s business arm, will supply 1 million surgical masks and 50,000 N95 masks. The President also added that most other local factories are involved into manufacturing the products like sanitizers and will also deliver in the area of production of other protective gears
The news will now relax some fears of some health workers who are on the frontline of fighting the pandemic, and complained that they don’t have protective gears to do their work well especially the worker in the Lower Government health Centre. The Permanent Secretary Ministry Health confirmed the development while the President Uganda Medical Association also saw the delivery of the same consignment while he went to the meetings with the ministry’s Permanent as he discussed different issues affecting the health sector among them the payment of intern Doctors whom Dr Diana confirmed have been paid, the president has equally been informed that PPE will be received as a result of the provision of the 1,000,000 masks and N95 that was delivered, payment of allowances to Covid19 has started at a rate of 8o’000 per day across board.
Museveni said that once the local manufacturing of the products starts, the medical people will have enough protective gear.
Uganda currently has 55 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22 already recovered and hence the curve is flattened per say.