Help keep dirty face masks off the streets, NEMA urged

By The Weekly Vision team

Kenya’s health officials and NEMA have been urged to advise Kenyans not to wear dirty face masks. Kenyans unable to buy new masks daily are repeatedly wearing dirty masks.

This exposes them to other respiratory diseases like asthma and TB besides Covid-19 health ministry and researchers are warning. “Inhaling air through a dirty mask is dangerous”, health experts have warned. “Matters are even worse when some workers in eateries serve customers wearing dirty masks”

The health experts in wide-ranging online advisories said the typical blue surgical masks are meant to be disposable and only worn once but hard times have forced Kenyans to either wash them or simply wear them dirty. At the same time, stakeholders in the health sector have been urged not to lower their guard against Covid -19 despite KEMRI’s “bleak” July forecast failing to happen.

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