- There is a felt agitation among Nigerians for the end of facemasks which were introduced following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country
- However, the NCDC has given its advised position on the issue
- The health agency has said that Nigerians will continue to wear facemasks until a vaccine for the virus is found
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that citizens will continue to wear face masks and use hand sanitisers until an approved vaccine for COVID-19 is found.
The NCDC stressed that Nigerians have no choice at the moment than to stick to the hygiene measures including rules on social distancing.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC's director-general, noted:
“Studies have shown that the correct use of face masks is critical to reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection.
"We encourage people and businesses around the world to rally behind the importance of wearing a mask properly every day until a vaccine that prevents infection is readily accessible to all citizens.”
Ihekweazu described face shields and mask as constituting a key component of Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures in all medical settings.
He added: “The appropriate use of a face mask is one of the comprehensive non-phrmaceutical preventive and control measures adopted to limit the spread of COVID-19 by preventing respiratory droplet transmission. Masks can also be used by healthy persons to reduce exposure.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lagosians who were bent on going to public places without wearing face masks as directed by the state and the federal government would have to deal with the police henceforth.
The police command in the state through its commissioner, CP Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday, July 7, said that the force has the order of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to arrest all violators of COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
In fact, Odumosu revealed that so far, the police command has arrested not less than 3,802 offenders between April and June.
The commissioner said:
“...we are going to be stricter now because we have noticed that some people do not wear at all while others hang it on their chins. That is not the purpose of the directive.
“The face mask must be properly worn to cover the mouth and nose. That is how it will serve its purpose. Our people must know that the policy is for their safety and that of society."
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