The Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Judith Nabakooba, has said that government is investigating claims that some producers are supplying government with masks that don’t meet the standards set by the Ministry of Health.
President Yoweri Museveni, in an effort to curb down the spread of the Coronavirus tasked the Ministry of Health to avail free face masks to every Ugandan above the age of six and distribution of these started in July.
To date, about 13 million masks have since been distributed.
Speaking at a Press conference on Sunday, Nabakooba however said that they are receiving claims that some of the masks are of poor quality and warned that government is going to go hard on the respective suppliers.
Nabakooba said, “Government is going to follow up with the respective suppliers and those found guilty of producing substandard masks are at risk of having their contracts cancelled.”
Nabakooba added that if the claims are found to be true, this will be a huge disappointment on the side of the suppliers entrusted with the responsibility of producing quality face masks that are meant to save lives of Ugandans.
She urged the members of the public who had received masks to ensure that they put them on, properly, every time they come out in public.
Stay away from the city centre
Nabakooba also urged Ugandans to stay away from Kampala’s city centre which has become a breeding ground for the Coronavirus.
In the last one week, according to information from the Ministry of Health, Kampala alone has registered over 150 positive cases of Coronavirus which is major source of concern to the government.
Nabakooba, said that, “If what is taking you to the city centre is not so important, please stay away.”
She said that arcades, public transport means and markets around the country also continues to be bad and called upon every one to take full responsibility of their health.