Greece’s plan to provide colleges nationwide with free face masks has failed spectacularly after the delivered ones turned out to be too massive for each youngsters and adults resulting from unsuitable measurements.
Greek officers admitted the failure on Tuesday, after the primary batch of masks was delivered to varsities this week.
“The dimensions was too massive from the beginning,” contractor Yiannis Stathopoulos, who gained the tender for 500,000 masks, advised Open TV on Tuesday. The masks meant for kids beneath 10 measured 10 by 18 centimeters, and people for older schoolchildren – whopping 12 by 22 centimeters.
Deputy well being minister Vassilis Kontozamanis tried to clarify the failure as a “misunderstanding” between the federal government and the contractor, stating the measurements got for “pre-stitched” cloth.
Apparently, those that ordered the masks didn’t trouble to clarify how precisely they need to be “pre-stitched” as the tip product ended up too massive not just for youngsters however for anybody.
Οι ειδικοι ειπαν οτι αυτες τις διαστασεις πρέπει να εχει η #μάσκα, τωρα αν τα παιδια σας εχουν μικροτερο μεγεθος , δεν φταιμε εμεις, καθολου φιλότιμο δεν εχετε? #μασκες_αλεξιπτωτα #ΝΔ_ΑΠΑΤΕΩΝΕΣ pic.twitter.com/6rfMo0ZCUf
— Βαρύ_πεπόνι (@Greek_friends) September 15, 2020
The mask-maker Stathopoulos insisted he had adopted his contract to the letter, explaining the specs had been offered by Greece’s authorities committee of well being specialists on coronavirus.
Greek social media has been flooded with absurd imagery of the big masks schoolchildren introduced residence.
Φιάσκο η Πραγματικότητα? Η ΚΟΥΚΟΥΛΑ ΥΠΟΧΡΕΩΤΙΚΗ_Η ΜΑΣΚΑ ΕΠΙΛΟΓΗ?
ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑ :Η #ΝΔ με την Μεζούρα που μετράει τις Σχολικές #μασκες μετράει και τα Χωρικά 'Υδατα? Η #κυβερνηση_Μητσοτακη καιρός Είναι Να Κάνει μια Νέα Αρχή_Να Γυρίσει πίσω στα θρανία 😋😂😜😛 Αγράμματοι κ Ανιστόρητοι pic.twitter.com/Dvb1h82OKg
— Παναγιώτα Πέννυ Σταθάκη (@StathakiPenny) September 15, 2020
Είναι τρομερή πατέντα για το αεροπλάνο. Βοηθά να κοιμάσαι και να προστατεύεσαι από τον ιό! Καλημέρα! pic.twitter.com/4me5TH2jIv
— Costas Zachariadis (@CZachariadis) September 15, 2020
Normally, the face masks alleged to cowl mouth and nostril labored as full-face masks as a substitute and puncturing holes in them was the one strategy to see.
— le petit Koulis (@parta__) September 15, 2020
They have been promptly dubbed parachute masks. “College students assist their classmate to fold his colourful masks,” the caption to the put up under reads.
— Αμάραντος (@amarantosss) September 15, 2020
The federal government’s masks fiasco got here beneath hearth from fellow officers as effectively, with even Greek prime minister’s sister, ruling occasion MP Dora Bakoyannis, describing it as a “catastrophic failure.” The well being ministry, for its half, promised to have the masks challenge “mounted” shortly.