Amid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which is more deadly and devastating, Ugandan health authorities directed all health workers to wear two face masks while discharging their duties due to their risk of contracting infection.
“As health workers, you interface with many patients daily, and you are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19. The Scientific Advisory Committee has guided that health workers, because of the risk, need to use two masks (double masks) while in clinic/wards,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.
The ministry also urged the health workers to follow the existing health guidelines to prevent further infections and pledged to provide the necessary personal protective equipment.
Health experts say the current wave is worse than the first one since it is more transmissible and affecting young people.
More than 1,600 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 while at least 15 of them have died, according to government figures.
Previous investigations by authorities revealed cases among both private and public health sector workers were believed to have emerged from the communities within which they live in.
Uganda has so far reported 54,669 confirmed cases and 388 deaths.