The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued an instruction on the production and use of homemade face masks.
The MoH advised using the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) approved face masks, stating that in cases where they are not offered, homemade masks can be utilized.
It nevertheless offered specific guidelines for its production including the use of JAVA or WAX cloths sown triple layered and stringed with side loops to be worn as hooks to the ear.
It likewise specified that calico inlaid with material stiffens and inner covered with side loops to be used as hooks to the ear can be used.
“Homemade masks with strings to be tied behind the neck or head are not encouraged.”
Adult masks must not be worn by children —CHILD appropriate length masks must be worn by children.
It is important that all masks used meet the minimum standards of safety , ” the directive signed by Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, stressed.
Procedures For Wearing And Removing A Face Mask
The health authority likewise gave a step by step tutorial on how to use, eliminate, and get rid of or clean a face mask.
” Tidy your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer before placing on a mask. Make sure that your mask totally covers your mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask. Prevent touching the mask after you have actually won it,” it stated.
The MoH also prompted the general public to remove their face masks by passing a finger through the loop of the mask behind one ear and taking off without touching the front of the mask.
The MOH once again cautioned against making use of the masks for more than 12 hours at a time. ” Do not re-use single-use surgical masks more than twice or N95 masks more than 3 times. Replace the mask immediately it perspires or soiled,” it included.
It even more kept in mind that when using a re-usable mask, it must be put into a soapy or bleach lathered water right away it is gotten rid of. The MoH said the reusable mask needs to be left in the water for 5 (5) minutes prior to cleaning. ” Rinse, dry and iron prior to reuse,” it added.
It stated all masks need to be gotten rid of into a closed bin or burn in a safe place after which the person must instantly wash his/her hands with soap and water and where not available, should use alcohol-based sanitizer.
Compulsory Use Of Masks
Food suppliers and sellers at markets industrial automobile motorists and attendants, commuters on public transports, individuals in commercial and public facilities, structures, and centers are required at all times to use masks, according to the MoH.
It said commercial centers consisting of but not restricted to offices, bars, workshops, restaurants, sports arenas, and health spas, beauty parlors, shopping malls, churches, healthcare facilities and clinics, and all other centers available to the general public whether privately or publicly owned.
It stated the directive is to help avoid the contamination, infection, or transmission of the virus amongst the general public.