Kisii University’s Tailoring Department has embarked on the mass production of face masks to be distributed to the local residents for free in a bid to fight the coronavirus disease.
Vice-Chancellor John Akama said this was the university’s contribution to the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
“As the management of the university, we realised that we must play a role, even if it’s small, in supporting the government and Kenyans in fighting this pandemic, particularly to minimise its the spread.”
Prof Akama said that traders in Kisii Town were exploiting the people by selling the masks at a high price.
“They are selling one mask at Ksh200, which you’re going to use and dispose of in a day or two,” he noted.
He also said the university would donate thousands of masks to the neighbouring counties to prevent the spread of the virus in the region.
During his daily coronavirus press briefing at Afya House in Nairobi on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe urged Kenyans to wear face masks and also cautioned against buying them from vendors.
“Don’t buy masks from people who look dirty and look like they don’t wash their hands,” the CS said.
“There are numerous organisations that are making masks that cost as little as Ksh5. The Kenya Bureau of Standards has standards that include how to handle the masks. We are aware that the handling of some of the masks has not been hygienic.”
The reiterated the need to wear masks in public places and cautioned some business operators against violating thee measures put in place to combat the virus. He singled out boda boda operators.
“The need for to wear masks should be adhered to. Some people are not taking seriously what we are saying,” said Kagwe.