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COVID-19: Nigeria to issue policy on face masks

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PRESIDENTIAL Task Force on COVID-19 has briefed Nigerians on the efforts of the Federal Government so far in fighting COVID-19 pandemic in the country, adding that policy on face mask will be released later this week.

  The Task Force gave the update today in its daily briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

   In his remarks, the Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha commended Nigerians for massively complying with the lockdown rule,

“ Field reports on the lockdown have shown some level of compliance with the order” he said.

 Mustapha stressed the need for persuasion, adding that the directive was not targeted to punish the people. However, he called on the general public to cooperate fully in order to curtail the spread of  the virus and flatten the curve in the country.

    He also explained the role of the Chinese health experts expected to arrive in Nigeria.

According to him, the development was to complement the efforts of the Nigerian government to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the manner other nations around the world have done.

 “I wish to clarify that all the countries of the world are seeking assistance and are receiving help in the fight against COVID-19 – even the almighty United States is looking for help elsewhere,” he said.

“The support coming from China is a cooperate social responsibility initiated by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), a Chinese company with a total volume of infrastructural contracts in Nigeria worth over N10 billion.”

   Meanwhile, The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in his remark, assured that the  agency will this week, roll out a policy on face masks.

     According to Ihekweazu, the NCDC is almost done with the face mask policy but the draft is still under scrutiny by the agency.

   “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 members of the task force to ensure that we survive the pandemic. By tomorrow or next, we would be releasing the policy for all of us to align with.” He remarked, adding that thirty percent of the cases in the country were discovered via contact tracing.

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