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Niger State to begin production of face masks



Abubakar Bello

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, said Saturday night the state government would liaise with the Association of Fashion Designers to embark on mass production of face masks to check the spread of coronavirus.

The governor, who disclosed at a media briefing in Minna, said because of the difficulties in procuring the mask and its high cost, the government had liaised with tailors to commence mass production of face masks for easy purchase.

The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Friday, announced an index case of coronavirus in Niger State.

Bello said: “We are liaising with our tailors to start developing locally made face masks.

“Although there is no complete evidence that face mask can prevent one from contacting the virus, but when a positive person sneezed and one is wearing the mask, it can prevent the spread of the disease.

“The idea is to reduce the spread when wearing mask. People should also wash their hands with soap or use sanitiser to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

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The governor advised people of the state to wear the face mask before leaving their homes and observe social distancing.

He said the government had activated the Social Rehabilitation Center for quarantine and equipped the isolation center at Minna General Hospital to carter for suspected cases.

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