Covid-19: Five recommendations of the NCDC on face mask in the country
Nigeria Center for Disease Control has issued a directive on the use of face masks in the country.
In a recommendation published on Tuesday 14 April, the agency recommended the use of face masks for everyone but stated that it was not Compulsory.
The agency believe that face masks will serve as “an additional layer” to be used in the fight against covid-19.
Below are the five recommendations by the NCDC.
1. The wearing of face masks, (or equivalent) is recommended as an optional ladditional layer to be used in addition to other measures such as physical distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene measures in Nigeria.
The primary rationale for the advice on face masks is to prevent those who are infected but asymptomatic from spreading the virus.
Masks have to be properly disposed of in waste bins.
Improper handling and frequently touching masks can increase the risk of infection.
Improvised masks are also an option – as long as they are properly washed regularly.
They can be made out of cloth or other materials.
2. The usage of face masks is particularly advised while attending large gatherings (where it is absolutely necessary to attend).
These include but are not limited to shopping outlets, markets, shops and pharmacies among others.
3. Given the global shortage of personal protective equipment including medical masks, public sector resources should be preserved to procure medical masks for patients and healthcare workers who need them the most.
4. The wearing of face masks alone will not protect against COVID-19, but must be combined with physical distancing, hand washing, respiratory hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and other advice from NCDC.
5. Older persons (> 60) with existing medical conditions such as diabetes are particularly encouraged to wear masks as they are at higher risk of infection.
It is also further advised that face masks are used by more vulnerable members of the society, citizens with ongoing respiratory problems, and those already exhibiting symptoms and awaiting testing.
Together we can beat this virus, let’s adhere to all the directives as given by the NCDC.