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COVID-19: NAFDAC Warns Nigerians Against substandard Face Mask

COVID-19: NAFDAC Warns Nigerians Against substandard Face Mask

The federal government has made it mandatory to wear facemask in the country as a part of measure to curtail the spread of Covid-19_virus.

Nigerian market has been flooded with different types of locally made facemask ,with some made with material that are not up to standard .

NAFDAC has made the clarification on their twitter handle due to different production of non medical face mask by Nigeria tailors and other manufacturer's

he National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has advised Nigerians not to use non-medical face masks, saying it does not prevent the spread of COVID-19

In a statement, the agency said, “Simple test: If wearer can put off a flame from a cigarette lighter that is placed in front of the wearer, the mask is protective enough

"Barrier face masks do not prevent you from contracting the disease but they have been found to contribute to reduce spread of infections when used widely in conjunction with other measures

"Such measures include social distancing, not touching the face, eyes or mouth, washing of hands with soap for 20 seconds or use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.”

The agency warned that non-medical face masks made of cloth are not standardised for use in health care settings or by professionals.

They added that the materials been used
"Serve to limit spread of droplets and offer some measure of protection to those around you.

“The material of construction is usually cloth(textile fabric), non-woven wadding, or paper-like materials. For these Barrier Masks, 100% cotton is preferred though, polyester, linen or knit fabric can be used.

“These face masks are recommended to be washed daily and preferably should be a double layer of fabric to increase the absorbency and effectiveness.

“It must be noted that several washes, drying and stretching of the mask over time reduce the effectiveness of the mask,” the statement read in part.

The NAFDAC offered the expression following necessary utilization of face mask ordered by governments as means of combating the spread of Coved 19 virus.

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