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NCDC releases new guidelines for Nigerians, companies

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THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has listed

coronavirus preventive measures for citizens and businesses.

  Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the new directives followed evolving knowledge of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

According to him, there must be mandatory use of a non-medical face mask or covering for all persons and overnight curfew from 8p.m. to 6a.m. Also mandatory are the provision of handwashing facilities/sanitisers, single use latex gloves are discouraged, except in clinical settings.

  “Restrictions on inter-state travel except for essential services or transportation will remain in place. Physical distancing of two metres between people in workplaces and other public places; no large gatherings of more than 20 people outside the workplace,” he said.

Companies are expected to provide hand washing facilities and alcohol-based sanitisers; promote thorough and frequent hand washing under running water with soap for at least 20 seconds.

  Ihekweazu stated that they are expected to enforce the use of face mask/covering for all staff at all times.

Where staff members have regular face-to-face contact with customers, they must ensure they have the necessary protective equipment to keep them safe and their health protected. He urged businesses to enforce compliance.

  “Develop an infectious disease preparedness action plan to reduce the risk of exposure in the workplace and communicate it to all staff members. This includes identifying a central person focused on coordinating COVID-19 matters. Ensure the contact details and emergency contact details of all staff members are kept up to date and are always easily accessible.

Ensure that staff members know how to spot the symptoms of coronavirus and they have a clear understanding what to do if they feel unwell, mandating unwell employees to stay at home. Display signage in your office or business premises reminding staff and visitors to maintain good and respiratory hygiene. Discourage the sharing of work equipment, tools, computers, phones and desks,” he continued.

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