COVID-19: NCDC sends warning message to Nigerians, says using face masks better than being on ventilators

COVID-19: NCDC sends warning message to Nigerians, says using face masks better than being on ventilators

- NCDC has advised Nigerians not to stop using face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19

- The plea was made on Monday, July 27, in Abuja, by the director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu

- Ihekweazu, however, said that using face masks is less cumbersome than being on ventilators

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has urged Nigerians to wear face masks as precautionary measures in curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nation reports that the director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this on Monday, July 27, in Abuja at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing. gathered that Ihekweazu said most Nigerians lament that using face masks was stressful.

The DG, however, noted that wearing face masks was less cumbersome when compared to being on a ventilator.

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“Wearing a mask may seem very cumbersome but I promise you that it is less cumbersome than being on a ventilator.

COVID-19: NCDC sends warning message to Nigerians, says using face masks better than being on ventilator

The director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu. Credit: Twitter/NCDC.
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“Over the last few weeks, many of you may have heard stories of survivors but there are many stories that could have been told that you have not heard, stories of those that have passed away,” he said.

He also advised Nigerians on the need to take responsibility by ensuring safety to ensure that their lives and those of their loved ones were preserved.

He commended frontline health workers for their commitment to the federal government’s fight against the virus.

The DG also asked Nigerians not to throw caution in the wind amid the rising cases of the infection in the country.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that the attorney-general of Ekiti state, Olawale Fapohunda, said was infected by the ravaging COVID-19 as he joined the list of high-profile people hit by the infection in Nigeria.

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It was reported that in a tweet on his Twitter handle on Sunday, July 26, Fapohunda said his status was confirmed after the second result of his COVID-19 test came out positive.

The commissioner said he is feeling well and has gone into self-isolation where he is being managed by the health operatives in the state.

Fapohunda's COVID-19 status was confirmed less than a week after Governor Kayode John Fayemi, announced that he tested positive to Covid-19 via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, July 22.

The governor, who is the chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF), said that he has gone on self-isolation, adding that he would delegate critical tasks to his deputy while he would continue routine duty from home.

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