- The use of face masks in Nigeria may become compulsory as coronavirus spreads in the country
- This was the position of the NCDC on Tuesday, March 31
- However, the NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the agency is not yet sure if it can provide the commodity for all Nigerians
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that face masks may become compulsory commodities for all citizens as coronavirus cases rise.
The director-general, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the federal government is considering the use of the item to fight against the spread of the global pandemic in the country, This Day reports.
Ihekweazu noted that although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not approved the use of face masks for other persons apart from health workers, the situation in Nigeria is necessitating the consideration.
However, the NCDC boss said that the agency is considering a lot of factors before implementing the policy.
Ihekweazu said: “This is a strategy we need to think about before we implement it. Before we implement a national strategy around mask-wearing, we have to be sure we can provide it or at least enable access to it."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ihekweazu on Tuesday, March 31 revealed that Nigeria had been testing about 500 suspected cases of coronavirus per day.
Dr Ihekweazu made the disclosure while answering questions from journalists at a press briefing in Abuja.
His words: “As at last week, we have the capacity to test about 500 people per day. By the end of this week, we will be testing 1,000, by next week we plan to take it to about 1,500 per day.
“This will be done by increasing the number of labs that we have and also improving the throughput of these labs.
“We are managing and improving the supply side. At the same time, we need to reduce the demand side to those that really need it. The quick solution is not a new lab but increasing the throughput of our existing labs.”
Speaking earlier, the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire announced that more patients of coronavirus would be released once all their results turn out negative.
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