At least 150 firms have so far been authorised to produce nose mask in the country as at February 2021, chief executive officer of the Foods and Drugs Authority Delese Mimi Darko has said.
The figure is a sharp increase from the previous 42 firms authorised a couple of months ago since Ghana first recorded its first COVID 19 cases in March last year.
Speaking in an interview with Nana Yaa Mensah on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday, the CEO of the Foods and Drugs Authority said over 80 percent of nose mask in the country are now locally manufactured.
“We would also say that some of the masks, the blue and white mask looks like it is imported, more than eighty percent of what you see now is also locally manufactured, sometimes you may think it is imported but it is locally manufactured,” she said.
Delese Darko added “As at the beginning of February we have 327 masks locally made and we have over 150 companies manufacturing masks, some of them make more than one masks and a spread across the country.
She further revealed that the regional offices of the Foods and Drugs Authority FDA will soon be equipped with machines to run their own tests before giving approval for nose mask manufacturers .