The Angolan government announced today that 1,000 women will be trained and trained, at the country level, to use a sewing machine to produce social masks to protect against the new coronavirus, said an official source.
According to the Minister of Economy and Planning, Sérgio Santos, a memorandum of understanding should be signed, already in the conclusion phase, with the Angolan Textile and Confectionery Association (AITC).
According to the minister, the initiative also arises to promote formal employment for women after the AITC has accepted the Government's challenge for the training and qualification of women from all over the country enrolled in the program.
"With this program, we want a minimum of 1,000 ladies across the country to have access to a sewing machine and to support from the association for training, training to respond immediately to the production of more masks that are needed," he said.
Sérgio Santos was speaking in Luanda, during a memorandum signing ceremony between the Angolan National Institute of Support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Inapem) and trade and distribution operators and suppliers of raw materials, within the scope of economic relief measures because Covid-19.
Angola has 60 confirmed cases of Covid-19, namely 39 active cases, 18 recovered and three deaths.
The country is serving its third state extension of the state of emergency, which runs until May 25.
At the global level, according to a balance sheet by the AFP news agency, the Covid-19 it has already caused almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than 5.1 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.