Random disposal of masks, gloves can cause transmission: Govt

      Published on Sunday, 7 June , 2020      643 Views     
Random disposal of masks, gloves can cause transmission: Govt

  • Coronavirus

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in Oman has stressed the need to use the correct means to get rid of the masks currently used because of the health and environmental risks they pose to preserve the health of citizens.

Correct disposal of personal protective equipment must be ensured so that it is not a cause of transmission, the Minister of Health said on Thursday. “We have received complaints of people dumping of masks and gloves, which is an uncivilized act. No penalties or fines are imposed and we rely on people’s awareness,” he said.

It also that environmental experts have warned against the use of facial masks that cannot be recycled, as well as products that are often made of plastic.

The ministry stated that the process of getting rid of masks and other protective gear randomly on the roads and especially on beaches could become a health and environmental concern because of their impact on wild and marine life.

It added that the problem is already arising in various countries around the world, where about eight million tonnes of plastic ends up at sea annually,

and they constitute 80 percent of the waste in the seas according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.



MECA said it is preferable to use reusable masks, which are available in the local market. Users should clean and disinfect them regularly according to the specifications and standards approved to ensure the quality and efficiency of these masks.


Category Coronavirus, Government | 2020/06/07 latest update at 11:03 PM
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