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… Ehanire says no alternative to hand washing, personal hygiene

NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued a comprehensive guideline on the use of masks, including improvised or homemade masks and face covers like handkerchiefs.

  The control guideline was made known by the Federal Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, yesterday, at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily update on COVID-19 in Abuja.

  According to him, the regulation was for mutual protection to the wearers adding that masks be worn in combination with other safety practices and not as a substitute to hand washing. 

  “The face masks which include improvised and homemade face masks or face covering like handkerchiefs or scarfs, are intended to guard wearers against the spread of the virus through particle emission during laughter, coughing, sneezing, exclamation, or loud talk.

And it should not be worn to where close contacts may not be avoided, such as in the markets, or when somehow one finds himself or herself in the crowd. They are particularly recommended for the elderly people with pre-existing medical illness, or those whose medical conditions have been regarded as critical,” he said.

  Speaking further, Dr Ehanire hinted that the medical masks are best reserved for patients and health workers who need them most, especially with the globally limited availability, encouraging the public to make use of washable masks, stressing that it should be properly washed, dried and ironed before it could be re-used.

  He commended Nigerians for their sacrifices and understanding, adding that government is working to ensure that the virus is controlled, and apologized for whatever inconveniences that may arise in the change towards community transition.

  He appealed to Citizens to comply with invitations to isolation centres, describing it as the best option for recovery and for detecting possible complications in time. He also thanked the Professional Health Association, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and other healthcare workers for their sacrifices toward the coronavirus challenge.

  “We have met with NMA, Medical Clinical Association of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, National Medical Consultants of Nigeria to position medical and clinical health specialists for deployment as when needed. NCDC have now issued you a comprehensive guideline on the use of masks including improvised or homemade mask and face coverage like handkerchiefs,” he continued.

  The minister of health concluded by urging all citizens to adhere to public health advisories, trust scientifically proven research continually and ignore fake news.

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