- The UI chapter of ASUU has produced 3,000 treated face masks for her members
- Professor Ayo Akinwole, the chairman of the UI ASUU, said the gesture would help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the institution
- Akinwole, however, said the federal government's efforts towards the welfare of the frontline workers in the fight against COVID -19 was insufficient
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The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said it has produced 3,000 reusable facemasks for distribution to her members to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the union on Sunday, May 10, said it was important that her members have access to face masks produced following international standards.
The ASUU chairman Professor Ayo Akinwole disclosed that the ASUU-UI treated cotton face masks would ensure that her members are protected from infection when they use the masks and observe physical distancing among other preventive advisories while in the public space.
Akinwole, who noted that a number of ASUU members have been playing major roles in the fight against COVID-19 nationwide, however, lamented that the government is not doing enough to protect frontline health workers from being infected.
The chairman of the ASUU-UI treated cotton face masks production committee, Dapo Okareh, stated that the committee utilised cotton fabric, absorbent, cello filter, organs filter, liner, pearls, and other materials. He noted that the produced face masks are already treated and has laid down procedure for treating it after use.
Okareh who noted that it was better to use face masks than a ventilator also urged academic staff to adhere strictly to advisory and use the produced face masks to prevent them from being infected.
According to him, it took the committee about 17 days from conception, design to have the final products using the expertise within the Union.
He said: "About a month ago we produced hand sanitizers for frontline workers which include our members who are in various committees fighting COVID-19 nationwide.
"We are challenged that facemasks are becoming expensive and different types of local face masks that have not followed international standards are seen on the streets being sold to people."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government on Monday, May 11, said the plant used for the herbal drug produced by Madagascar for the cure of coronavirus grows in Nigeria.
It was reported that this was disclosed by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja.
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