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COVID-19 Cases On The Rise, Keep Using Face Masks – NCDC

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise, Keep Using Face Masks – NCDC

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise, Keep Using Face Masks – NCDC

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise, Keep Using Face Masks – NCDC

Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, has counseled the Kogi State government not to let its guard down in the fight against COVID-19.

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Adetifa provided the advice after the state governor, Yahaya Bello, issued an order prohibiting the wearing of face masks in public areas as part of measures to combat insecurity in the state.

As part of the state government’s response to a number of security breaches reported in the state recently, Bello had on Tuesday both ordered the destruction of shanties in some locations and outlawed the wearing of face masks in public places.

The governor gave the directives in Lokoja during a meeting with all first and second-class traditional rulers, including local government chairpersons in the state.

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise, Keep Using Face Masks – NCDC

However, in an interview with our correspondent, Adetifa said that a threat on COVID-19 in any part of the country is a threat to everyone living in Nigeria; “as such, we must not let down our guard.”

The NCDC boss said the agency’s surveillance system continues to record a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.

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He said, “A similar trend has also been observed globally, with a total of 575,887,049 confirmed cases reported from 230 countries.

“This is a reminder of the overall risk we face and the need for continued adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as wearing face masks in closed gatherings, physical distancing, and regular hand washing.

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise, Keep Using Face Masks – NCDC

“These should be done in addition to taking the vaccines which have been proven to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

 “There have been some obvious challenges and we recognize that the challenges vary from state to state. We remain committed to supporting states in line with our mandate as well as continuous advocacy for progressive collaborations toward ending the pandemic and ensuring health security in Nigeria.”

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Medical experts have also berated the Kogi State Government for banning the use of face masks in the state.

They described the ban as a strategy by the governor to further back his claim that there is no COVID-19 in his state.


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