Kenya Airways (KQ) has rolled out mass production of protective face masks to aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The national airline targets to make more than 1,000 face masks per day from unused materials from its stores, KQ Managing Director and CEO Allan Kilavuka said in a statement.
Kilavuka said this initiative is in support of the government’s efforts to contain the transmission of the infection in the country. He added that the protective materials will be given to the airline’s employees, their families as well as different communities.
“Working with our different partners, we will identify the areas where the masks will be most needed to ensure we meet that gap,” said Kilavuka.
“Our priority even during these challenging times remains the health and safety of our customers, staff, and the communities with which we operate in. We will, therefore, be giving masks that we produce to our staff, and also extending this to their families and the different communities,” he said.
Under this initiative, workers will be deployed on a six-hour shift with each producing 80 masks a day.
“I applaud the Sustainability and Technical team for their efforts in making this possible. It is in unprecedented times like this when we need to think differently and our teams continue to demonstrate this even in the midst of adversity,” Kilavuka added.