The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has expressed concern over the way and manner many Nigerians don’t use the face masks properly.
At the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 media briefing in Abuja, Thursday, he noted that many countries of the world have made the use of face masks mandatory with heavy punitive measures for defaulters.
He, therefore, advised business owners to prevent anyone who does not wear face mask from entering their business premises.
“Countries in the world, including even the most liberal in Europe, are making masks mandatory for people who use public transport and even outside, and they are imposing a fine for non-compliance.
“We urge all shops, businesses, service centers and places authorized to open to the public, to require that their customers and visitors use masks and adhere to these simple measures or else be denied entry.”
While explained how face masks should be used, Ehanire clarified:
“That masks must cover the mouth and nose.
“That a mask pushed under the chin is not effective and it should not be under the chin for any reason.
“That we need the mask most, when we are speaking, and it should therefore not be removed to speak.
“That wearing a face shield alone does not offer the same protection as a mask and should be combined with a mask or left to healthcare providers, for whom they are actually intended.”