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COVID-19: Awka tailor turns pieces of cloth into reusable facial mask



WORRIED by the high cost of facial masks and how Awka residents expose themselves to dangers of contracting the Coronavirus, an Awka based tailor, Christian Onyia, has resorted to producing reusable facial masks.

Speaking to National Light in an interview at his shop, along St John Road in Awka, Mr Onyia expressed displeasure about the disease that is affecting the world, noting that the virus has kept the world in a bad state and has affected the economy and changed the prices of things.

According to him, he was inspired to go into facial mask production not just because of  the current Coronavirus pandemic across the world but to reduce the risk of people contracting the virus and also reduce the workload on the part of the government  by making the facial mask available and affordable for everyone.

He said that the face masks cost N200 each one and could be washed with detergent and still be used for about four to five times.

He said he had to suspend sowing clothes and started the production of facial masks on Thursday, March 26, due to the fear that had enveloped so many people. “A lot of people cannot afford the facial mask everyday due to the high price and most of the facial masks are meant to be  used and disposed but mine isn’t like that”.

On the level of patronage, he said he had recorded high demand for the facial masks from Keke riders, bus drivers, market men and women and other road users. “I started with 10pieces as at 26th of March but now I do make more than 25 pieces per day and I do sell all.

On how he protects himself, Christian added that he maintains high preventive measures in his shop to keep safe which includes keeping distance, washing of hands with soap before entering his shop and proper hands sanitizing “because i am also a human being”.

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