A thirteen-year-old boy Junior High School student in the Ashanti Region is paving way for rural folks by making nose masks to help protect them against the outbreak of COVID- 19.
In the wake of price hike in nose masks and hand sanitizers, Hamisu Yussif’s is providing relief by using printed wax design and Kente to produce nose masks
His creation is made from reusable local fabric. It is made from just one-sixth standard material with straps that fit over a user’s face and which covers both the nose and mouth.
It has some amount of airtight mechanism that allows user to breathed in or out.
“Users can always wash it in boiling water or with approved disinfectants. It provides more safety with less material, and is more endurable in the long term,” Hamisu said.
Besides schooling, he has learnt how to sew by himself.
Nobody taught him; he observes and monitors how it is done in a shop near his family house.
About a week ago, the uncle confronting him with a Youtube video and asked he could do same.
Hamisu answered in affirmative and that was how the idea started.
It takes at least 15 minutes for the young boy to design one. He makes about 20 pieces in a day. His uncle supplies with all the materials he needs to work with while he works on the design and patterns.
Although he makes nose masks for rural folks, for now, Hamisu dreams of becoming a scientist in future- providing scientific solutions through research.
Dr Manye, who practises at Ejura Government Hospital, noted that the masks, which have a good lifespan could help several vulnerable who can’t afford to continuously buy them in times like this.
Hamisu wants to produce more to be able to supply to surrounding communities in Ejura.
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