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NCDC marks World Mask Week

By Paul Adunwoke
09 August 2020   |   4:06 am
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has joined the global movement to promote wearing of face mask.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has joined the global movement to promote wearing of face mask.

The programme, which began on August 7 and will end on August 14, 2020, features awareness campaigns in communities and sensitisation on importance of wearing facemasks to slow down the spread of COVID- 19.

A press statement signed by Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said World Mask Week (WMW) aimed at reinforcing the importance of wearing a facemask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

He said in the absence of a vaccine that could prevent infection, and as COVID-19 cases increase globally, citizens must depend on non-pharmaceutical measures, which include the “use of face masks, hand washing, physical distancing and supportive management of confirmed cases to mitigate the impact of the disease.”

Ihekwuazu said: “WMW is an initiative from a coalition of organisations, including the Pandemic Action Network (PAN), World Health Organisation (WHO) and private companies among others, to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 globally. ”

He explained that studies showed correct use of facemasks is critical in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection.

He said: “Therefore, WMW movement encourages people and businesses around the world to rally behind the importance of wearing a mask properly, not only during WMW, but everyday until a vaccine that prevents infection is readily accessible to all citizens.

“The use of masks is a key component of Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures in medical and non-medical settings. Given the widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Nigeria, strict adherence to the use of masks in public spaces, particularly where physical distancing may not be practical, can help slow the spread of the virus….”