Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Minister of State for Health joins US Doctor to say rushing to buy face mask is not necessary

The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and not get involved in panic buying of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks and hand sanitisers among others.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, made the appeal on during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily -- a similar statement made by US top doctor,
Dr. Jerome Adams.

He was reacting to the reports of the hike in the price of face masks and hand sanitisers among other PPE, following the first case of coronavirus recorded in the country.

Mamora said, “You see, the face mask that people are struggling to buy, I tell you it’s not very necessary where you don’t have a candidate (I won’t say a patient now) that is not manifesting symptoms – sneezing.”

“The face mask is really meant for a person who is sneezing, coughing, and wanting to protect others around him/her.

“That is what the face mask is for, and for people who are in caregiving centres. These are the people that need face masks. People should not allow themselves to be exploited unduly,” he added.