Post-lockdown popular use of masks is a good safeguard.
However, as seen from WHO guidelines, there’s no scientifically specified type of non-medical masks.
If Ugandan scientists have recommended specifications for such masks, they should be published, so that, whoever wants can produce them.
The USA Health Protection Agency, CDC, has guidelines on how various materials can be used to make non-medical face masks at home. Below are some of the guidelines on how to make them.
So, why would a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC), like Uganda, insist on making and issuing every citizen a face mask? Moreover, decree that everyone stays at home until you issue them with the “Government” mask!
Government can give mask specifications (if they have any) and then supply those who can’t get masks for themselves.
Even for the “Government” supplied masks, the PPDA Procedures should be followed to give all Ugandans an equal opportunity to supply the masks.
It seems a dubious deal is already made with Nytil (Southern Range Nyanza), Jinja to “produce” and supply the masks. I’ll say more about this separately.
Forcing “Government” masks on all is unacceptable and illegal. It could even give credence for the security threats that have been circulating about giving out of poisoned masks.
What would happen if my mask gets lost/stollen/spoilt soon after getting one from “Government”. Would I apply for replacement and stay home till I am supplied with another.
Besigye, is a former president of the Forum For Democratic Change