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COVID-19: Stay away from persons without face masks, FCTA advises residents

9th Sep, 2020 | By Victoria Agorom and Prudence Okonna | ||

Director of Public Health, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, has counseled residents of the Territory to distance themselves from persons who fail to put on face masks. Speaking exclusively to Abuja Digest Weekly, she warned that persons who do not don face masks risk contracting the virus, insisting that wearing the mask is compulsory and designed to check the spread of coronavirus.

Dr. Okechukwu frowned at the prevailing attitude where some persons, even in public, treat the issue with levity in the false belief that coronavirus does not exist here or is a tool for destsabilization. The Director said: '' Nigerians have to understand now that the fight against coronavirus is for everybody; our lives are our responsibility. Wearing of face mask is a must and I want to tell everybody to distance themselves from anybody that is not wearing face mask.''

Dr. Okechkwu added that, despite the massive sensitization in the media and through traditional means, it is still a challenge getting many to understand that coronavirus is real. ''Another challenge is people accepting that the disease is real; some still believe it is a scam or a political tool to destabilize the country,'' she stated.

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