Donation of 500,000 facial masks

The Embassy of South Korea and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) have donated 500,000 facial masks to the Ministry of Education for use as part of the protective gear for classroom learning in 48 municipalities. The Ministry of Education authorized a semi return to in person learning in those municipalities.

The Ministry of Education said masks of this batch will also be distributed to the public schools and for programs under the National Institute of Integral Attention to Early Childhood (Inaipi).

The press release highlights that 300,000 mouth masks will be destined for children in public schools and 200,000 for Inaipi personnel who make home visits to families and for these students’ mothers or caregivers under five years of age.

A press release from the Ministry of Education says the masks have an estimated value of US$1 million at today’s market prices. Plaza Lama has been selling the masks for RD$5 each to the general public for some time now, so the entire shipment would be worth around US$44,000 if bought at that store.

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7 April 2021