Sunday, January 17, 2021 | ePaper

Prevent marketing of unhygienic surgical masks

  • Print
IN the wake of growing cases of coronavirus infection in winter, the demand for masks is on the rise again. To meet the market demands, many people are involving in the production of non-woven surgical masks without maintaining health safety in the outskirts of Dhaka. Those masks are being sold at local markets in boxes with no producer's name, trademark, or other means of identification. Such face masks without maintaining proper specifications are dangerous for public health and the environment.
The use of face masks, as an effective gear to prevent community transmission of Covid-19, increased considerably after the government announced a strictly enforced "no mask, no service" policy at public and private offices on November 2. Experts said wearing these fake masks, people move around and feel a false sense of security and that makes them susceptible to the virus. Unhygienic production of surgical masks has put the sector at stake as the high-quality products of factories maintaining health safety measures cannot compete with the cheap low-quality masks.
A surgical face mask was sold at Tk 10 in June-July last year. Now, people are buying four for Tk 10. The production cost per thousand masks at the factory was around Tk 1,350, but producers of low-quality masks were selling a thousand masks at only Tk 1,100. Experts said there is no way to produce such medical production with low-grade non-woven fabric and in an unhygienic environment. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), use of a cloth mask in a community setting is enough to stay safe from Covid-19 infection while medical masks are mandatory in a hospital setting, based on the environment.
The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has set out different specifications and quality control guidelines for both fabric and medical masks. It laid out the details from materials to be used, to construction, packaging, marking and warnings to be labelled on the boxes of the face masks. However, there is no authority to maintain standardization of the essential safety gear. The government should set some regulations to reduce bulk production without proper specifications and encourage people to use cloth-based reusable masks to get the maximum benefit of the people and the environment as well.

More News For this Category

Unlicensed ridesharing services cause havoc to city passengers

MANY drivers who registered their vehicles with different ridesharing companies in the country are violating the existing guidelines and policies in the absence of monitoring. Many of them are now

Poor knowledge index

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Mohammed Bin-Rashid Al-Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) have jointly disclosed the 2020 Global Knowledge Index (GKI) recently where Bangladesh has ranked 112th out

Free Speech In Wake Of Capitol Riot

Dalia Al-Aqidi :Throughout history, billions of people have left their homeland for economic, religious, humanitarian or political reasons. We have seen people fleeing oppressive regimes and dictatorships as they yearn

Digital Money Is Money Legally?

Catalina Margulis & Arthur Rossi :Countries are moving fast toward creating digital currencies. Or, so we hear from various surveys showing an increasing number of central banks making substantial progress

OPINION Reforms In Curriculum

From the next 2022 academic year, radical changes are coming in the textbooks. The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has started intensive refinement work in this regard. According to

No justice for rape victims: System is broken

ALL the accused in 25 rape cases filed from 2012 to 2016 were granted bail between 24 hours and 15 days of arrest, although the offence is not bailable

People have no money to pay tax, realise people's money from plunderers

Around Tk 25,230 crore income taxes have remained unrealised for the last nine fiscal years in the country. According to a report in a national daily on Friday, a

Airplane Crash

Airplane Crash

Md. Shafiqul Islam :The Boeing 737-500, a Sriwijaya Air flight, had taken off from Jakarta, the capital, and it crashes into the Sea after take-off, carrying 62 passengers. A

Reforms

Reforms

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed :Reforms are essential to adapt governments to the ever-changing needs of the society. Almost all countries, irrespective of their stages of development have felt this

Tech Board must fight irregularities

The SSC Vocational exams in 2019 and 2020 under Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) have found truth in some allegations of frauds in admission and results. It is said that