COVID19—Policy on the use of face mask will be made public soon—-NCDC

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Directives and policy on the use of face mask will be released this week by the  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) .

NCDC director Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the directive will be contained in a fresh policy that is “almost completed.”

He added that the policy will be made known within the next 48 hours. 

Ihekweazu made this disclosure at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Monday.

“We will release a policy on face masks this week,” he said.

“That policy has almost been completed and the draft is now being looked at by various colleagues to make sure we are all aligned.

“Tomorrow or next, we will be releasing that policy for all of us to align with together.”

The new policy comes as several countries and health bodies across the world urge their citizens to wear the mask as a preventive measure to avoid catching the contagious Covid19. Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said only the infected or those taking care of infected persons are mandated to wear masks.

However, some countries including the United States, have recently reviewed their stance and called for a wider use of masks by its citizenry.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  says wearing such face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

President Donald Trump has expressly said he is not a candidate for face masks.