President John Magufuli, addressing worshippers at a church service at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Dar es Salaam, said that the government does not discourage people from protecting themselves against the Wuhan virus (aka, Covid-19).
He emphasized the importance of cleaning of hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based sanitizer; observance of social distancing and wearing of face masks to cover the virus’ entry points into the body namely eyes, nose and mouth, to prevent spread of the virus.
However, Magufuli expressed doubt on the safety of imported face masks, instead advocating the use of those made in Tanzania by the Ministry of Health via its agencies such as the Medical Stores Department.
“Don’t misquote me; I am not saying you should not wear masks. All I am saying is that some masks are not safe and that is the truth,” he said. “Better still, you can sew your own masks; I am your leader and I know a lot of things and it is my duty to tell you the truth.”
While insisting on using only locally made masks, the president suggested that there is more than meets the eye in the pandemic and recommended response measures. “Believe me my people, I am your fellow Tanzanian. I know this is war,” he told the gathering.