By George Mangula
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified 10 more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of July 17, 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufacturers in the country to 45.
“This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19,” says UNBS.
The updated list of certified companies includes; Lida Packaging Products Ltd, Southern range Nyanza Limited, Didas uniform Makers limited, Graecon Designs Limited and Shanom Office Solutions Limited, Leaven Communications Limited, among others.
According to UNBS, the number of companies certified to manufacture non-medical facemasks is expected to increase and as such, UNBS will issue updated lists periodically.
Wearing facemasks in public is mandatory for all residents in Uganda aged 6 years and above, following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.