Coronavirus: Why I don’t wear face mask during joint briefings - NCDC DG
- The director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has revealed why he doesn't wear a face mask
- Ihekweazu said the nation was yet to develop a policy on face mask-wearing and also that the face mask should be for those infected
- The NCDC boss noted that the agency is almost done with the face mask policy but the draft is still being looked at
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has explained why he does not wear a face mask during the joint briefings of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 like other members of the committee.
Daily Trust reports that while answering questions during the briefing on Friday, April 3, Ihekweazu said the nation was yet to develop a policy on face mask-wearing and also that the face mask should be for those infected or the medical frontline medical personnel attending the suspected cases or treating COVID-19 patients.
“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. We will allow for the risk assessment and as the evidence comes together, we will make a decision based on the evidence and ability to provide every Nigerian with access to mask,” he said.
Legit.ng gathered that he, however, said on Monday, April 6, that the agency would roll out a policy on face masks this week.
According to him, the NCDC is almost done with the face mask policy but the draft is still being looked at by the agency.
He said: “Last week, I did say we would release a policy on face masks. That policy has almost been completed. In fact, the draft is now being looked at by various colleagues to make sure that we are all alive. By tomorrow or next, we would be releasing that policy for all of us to align with.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, stated that he was not impressed with the manner the federal government’s conditional cash transfer initiative is being implemented.
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It was reported that the cash transfer initiative was implemented by the federal governments to the poorest households in the country to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
But Governor Makinde in an interview with Fresh FM 105.9, said he is not impressed with how the poor are identified.
The governor noted that it is important to ensure that the government gets to the people that require those palliatives.
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