President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

Why President Buhari directs compulsory use of nose masks nationwide

*Nigeria maintains national response to Coronavirus for four more weeks with some modifications ─Boss Mustapha, Chairman, PTF on COVID-19

*Warns against stigmatisation, skepticism among Nigerians in fight against pandemic

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Being part of necessary measures including contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation, and risk communication Nigeria has been adopting in curbing the spread of novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to enforce the use of nose masks in public places.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, disclosed this during the daily briefing Thursday, in Abuja, FCT.

Reviewing the activities of the committee, Mustapha said that President Buhari also approved that the current phase of the national response to COVID-19 should be maintained for four more weeks, but with some modifications.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

He stated: “President Buhari also asked the PTF to partner with states and local governments to improve community sensitisation and engagement to step up response to the COVID-19 response.

“He also encouraged state governments to collaborate with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation and risk communication.

“He also ordered that collaboration with other mandate groups at federal/state levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response be strengthened on the short, medium and long-term basis.”

The PTF on COVID-19 Chairman, nonetheless, warned Nigerians against stigmatisation and skepticism among Nigerians in the fight against COVID-19.

He said: “I wish to remind all Nigerians that this fight is for every one; everyone must take responsibility.

“Disbelief and skepticism will further complicate our situation; we should not stigmatise anyone infected. Our communities should own the response and educate our citizens.”

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