The New Times
Dr Yvonne Kayiteshonga, a health expert on the front line, on Tuesday, May 5, also acknowledged that much more public awareness is crucial.
She said: “Some are wearing it properly. Others are leaving the nose out. Others are behaving very badly; mouth and nose out when they are talking. This is bad because this removes any barrier. The purpose is to have a barrier between people’s droplets.”
“Also, when people use masks, they should know that a mask should not be shared. If it is a mask to use once, dispose of it after 6 hours.
Dr Kayiteshonga then shared a slide earlier issued by the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), clarifying some key dos and don’ts for the Rwandan public.
Wear the face mask all the time you are amidst other people.
A face mask made from cloth is only used for six (6) hours after which it has to be replaced with a fresh one.
Once a cloth mask is dirty (or after 6 hours of use), it must be washed, dried and ironed before it is used again.
Have at least two face masks so that you have a ready replacement once one has been washed.
Do not remove your face mask when you want to talk, sneeze, cough or work.
Don’t touch your face or mouth when wearing a face mask.
Don’t buy face masks from anywhere. Buy them from a pharmacy, supermarket and any other place authorised by the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority.
Note that a face mask is bought when properly sealed. Do not try it out and (for example; when it doesn’t fit) return to the seller.
Do not carry or touch someone else’s face mask.
According to the World Health Organisation, masks are only effective when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning.
Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not reuse single-use masks.
To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of the mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
According to the WHO, masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
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