Unscrupulous traders are collecting used face masks, washing them then re-selling them to unsuspecting members of the general public , Nairobiwire can now reveal.
The traders have taken advantage of Covid 19, which was declared an epidemic by the planet Health Organization (WHO), to risk the lives of the unsuspecting people .
The government has directed all members of the general public to wear face masks anytime they leave their houses and visit public places to mitigate the speared of the virus.
The government early in the week issued orders that anyone found publicly without a mask are going to be arrested and charged for threatening the lives of others.
Photos circulating on social media on Sunday showed how some women were washing the masks in basins and re-selling them oblivious knowing the danger this poses.
It remains unclear the precise place where the precise photos that captured two women washing the protective gears collected from dust bins was captured.
In one among the photos, the ladies were captured washing the face masks from one basin and rinsing them on another.
In his briefing on Sunday, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi has warned that anyone found recycling face masks are going to be immediately arrested and prosecuted.
Last weekend, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe gazetted an inventory of hefty penalties against violators who are going to be nabbed publicly without a mask .
In the notice, he stated that “users of public or private transport and conveyance operators shall wear proper masks that has got to cover the mouth and nose. they ought to also maintain a physical distance of not less than a meter.”
A person who commits an offence under these rules shall on conviction, be susceptible to a fine not exceeding Sh20,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.
The number of individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus by Sunday had reached 270.