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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified six more companies to produce non-medical face masks as of 8th July 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical face masks manufactures to twenty-nine (29).

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.

Currently there 11,669,259 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 539,906 deaths. So far Uganda has 971 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and zero related deaths.

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Addressing the nation in May, president Museveni ordered that every individual should wear a facemask be it medical or non-medical to curb the spread of the virus.

The certified companies includes; Lida Packaging Products Ltd, Southern range Nyanza Limited, Evergreen Safaries limited, Jude color solutions Limited, Winfred Fashion designers Limited, Fine Spinners Limited, Beier Safety and Security Limited, Graphic systems (U) Ltd, Unique Uniform Manufacturer Ltd, Sigma Knitting Industries Limited, Mmacks Investment Ltd, Fundi Building centre Ltd and Ex-ken (U) Limited.

Other are; The King Murungi Fashions Ltd, Najeru packaging industries Ltd, Youth save the nature Uganda Limited, Christex Garment industry, Jayne collection and events, Prince Orient Uganda Limited, Tenge Collection Limited, Big Concepts Enterprises Ltd, Silk Events Limited, SCD (Uganda) limited, Lurtex Textiles Limited, Fine Spinners Limited, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Fresh fashions Collections Limited, Sumaco Enterprises Limited and Lavie Boutique Ltd.

In the same line to stop the spread of the deadly virus, UNBS certified 98 more companies to produce sanitizers as of 8th July 2020. This is aimed at protecting consumers from buying sanitisers that do not comply with standards and are harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19.

UNBS is still providing free technical assistance together with free sanitizer and disinfectant standards to encourage local sanitizer manufacturers to embrace certification before putting their products on the market.

Currently, there are 136 companies producing 182 brands of sanitizers.