Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed the reason he does not wear face masks at Press briefings of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Dr. Ihekweazu disclosed face masks are meant for persons who are infected with COVID-19 and health personnel treating the infected persons.
He said the country must have the capacity to provide face masks for its citizens before mandating Nigerians to wear them.
NCDC DG said;
“This is a strategy we need to think about before we implement it. Before we implement a national strategy around mask-wearing, we have to be sure we can provide it or at least enable access to it. We will allow for the risk assessment and as the evidence comes together, we will make a decision based on the evidence and ability to provide every Nigerian with access to mask.”
“Last week, I did say we would release a policy on face masks. That policy has almost been completed. In fact, the draft is now being looked at by various colleagues to make sure that we are all alive. By tomorrow or next, we would be releasing that policy for all of us to align with.”