The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has issued an advisory guiding Nigerians on the use of face masks. Recognising the need for guidance on COVID-19 prevention, the public health body remains committed to keeping citizens informed on verified ways to stay safe.
The health agency said face masks can act as an “additional layer” in the battle against COVID-19 in the country but added that it was not compulsory. This information was contained in the NCDC’s ‘Advisory on the
Use of Masks by Members of the Public Without Respiratory Symptoms’ document which was released on Tuesday.
It is also strongly advised to use if a person is visiting a crowded place, such as a market.
The usage of face masks is particularly advised while attending large
gatherings (where it is absolutely necessary to attend). These include but
are not limited to shopping outlets, markets, shops and pharmacies among
The wearing of face masks alone will not protect against COVID-19, but
must be combined with physical distancing, handwashing, respiratory
hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and other
advice from NCDC.