The Bureau of Public Safety is pushing for the immediate regulation of face mask production ahead of its growing importance during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Following the lifting of the partial lockdown, President Akufo-Addo urged for mandatory wearing of face mask by all citizens once they leave their homes.
Speaking in an interview, the Executive Director of the Bureau, Nana Yaw Akwada said:
“All sorts of people are trading in nose masks in manners that are most unhygienic. So by the time you even want to comply with that directive, you would rather end up contaminating yourselves.”
“Why should we have people selling nose masks on the market just like that?”
In a statement by the Ghana Health Service over the weekend, directed the compulsory wearing of face masks in public areas.
The use of nose masks for containing the virus has given rise to the production and sale of simple fabric masks.
However, President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, also raised similar concerns regarding regulations of face mask in the country.
“As much as I admire the effort in making sure that locals are manufacturing some of these face masks, it is also important that they do it right.”
“I went purchasing two local facemasks and I had great difficulty in breathing,” he recounted.
Currently, the government has made the wearing of face masks mandatory for traders, food vendors, Commercial vehicle drivers, commuters on public transports, persons in public and commercial centres, and facilities and buildings
This is also not limited to offices, bars, workshops, restaurants, sports arenas, spas, salons, shopping malls, churches, clinics, hospitals, and all other facilities accessible to the public whether privately or publicly owned.
Also, Ghana’s COVID-19 case count pegs at 1,550 with 155 recoveries and 11 deaths.