COVID-19: FG says children under five don’t have to wear face masks

COVID-19: FG says children under five don’t have to wear face masks

- Children under the age of five don't have to wear face masks, according to the federal government

- The disclosure was made by the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, at the PTF briefing in Abuja

- According to Ehanire, wearing of masks may cause some discomfort for children within that particular age group

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The federal government has said that it is not compulsory for children under the age of five to wear face masks because the COVID-19 fatality rate among them is less than 0.3%.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, revealed this while speaking during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

In a report by The Nation, Ehanire explained that since children within that particular age group are not expected to be in school, they don’t have to wear masks because it may cause some discomfort for them.

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According to the minister, some recommended that there was a need for such children to wear a mask because the risk of falling ill is very low. They are also of the opinion that these kids may not be accustomed to it and may reject, fight and struggle with it.

Children under five don’t have to wear masks – FG
FG says children under five don’t have to wear masks. Photo credit: UNICEF
Source: UGC

While noting that some parents give their children under the age of five masks to wear when they are in public, Ehanire said there is no prescription as a result of no organised activity for such kids outside the homes. Hence, the government didn’t prioritize it.

The health minister added that though he has seen situations where children younger than five tolerated masks, it was all informal because they were not captured in recommendations that the federal government made.

Meanwhile, reported that Lagosians who are bent on going to public places without wearing face masks as directed by the state and federal government will have to deal with the police henceforth.

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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.

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Similarly, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) 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.

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