The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has charged Nigerian tailors to start mass production of face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the nation.
Mustapha who urged the tailors to make use of local fabrics gave the charge during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that mass production of the face masks is paramount against the backdrop of insufficient face mask in the country and the need to reduce the risk of person to person transmission of the virus.
“It is critical to repeat, however, that compliance with the advisories for personal hygiene, social distancing, restriction of movement, early reporting of symptoms and wearing of masks regularly, especially in public, remain the best measures for the prevention of infections and to slow down the spread,” Mustapha said.
The SGF further appealed to Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the government by adhering strictly to the preventive guidelines and measures put in place by the government.
He said: “As we all know, we were in a state of war against an invisible enemy. Let me also advise that whenever you are outside the confines of your homes, make sure it is for very legitimate reasons covered by the exemption or within the hours relaxed for the purchase of basic items.’’
“Similarly, you should carry with you a valid means of identification. Finally, I urge everyone to please exercise patience in communicating with the Law Enforcement Agents assigned to ensure compliance with the Presidential Orders.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has recommended the use of cloth for face covering to help reserve surgical masks or N-95 respirators for medical professionals fighting the virus.