The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has warned against the washing of surgical masks for reuse.
In a tweet via its official handle on Monday, April 20, 2020, the NCDC referenced an image of women washing masks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Such behaviour, the NCDC said, “poses a RISK for #COVID19 spread”.
The NCDC advised that surgical masks be disposed of in a waste bin after use, adding that only those from original packaging should be used.
To educate the public on the appropriate use of masks, the NCDC has published an advisory on its website.
Channels TV recalled that last week, the Agency recommended the use of face masks for the general public.
The NCDC, in its face mask advisory, said the wearing of face masks, (or equivalent) is recommended as an optional layer to be used in addition to other measures such as physical distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene measures in Nigeria.