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Wearing Face Shield Alone Won’t Protect Against COVID-19, Says PTF

Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu who disclosed this Wednesday in Abuja at a press briefing explained that the face shield and face mask must be worn together for effective protection of the wearer.

Ihekweazu also spoke of symptoms of COVID-19 particularly the loss of sense of smell and taste. ‘’Over the past few weeks there have been a lot of discussion over the role of the loss of smell and taste as symptoms of COVID-19. These have been recognised globally as symptoms of this disease. There are a few other diseases that would cause a sudden loss of taste or smell especially in a normally otherwise healthy individuals. So it’s most likely that this is linked with an increasing incidence of COVID-19.’’

He said that as a result of that it is expected that there would be increased presentation, clinical facilities and increased tasting. ‘’ This is to make it clear to Nigerians that if you do feel you are losing your sense smell or taste, you should be presenting yourself for tests.  

Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha, in his opening remarks said that Nigeria must learn from what is happening in other countries concerning COVID-19.

Citing Brazil as an example, the PTF Chairman warned that if Nigerians continue to disregard the protocols and prevention guidelines, the results could be drastic.

‘’Of particular concern however is the case of Brazil which has exceeded the one million mark of confirmed cases with over 50, 000 fatalities. We have informed you that Brazil shares several cultural, demographic, and climatic affinities with us.

‘’If any lesson should be learnt, Brazil should be a subject of interest that would make us change our behaviour

‘’In furtherance of the collaboration with sub-national entities, the PTF joined with the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and the NEC. I wish to inform you that by the end of this week the PTF will be submitting a report containing our assessment and recommendations to Mr President for his consideration. ‘’We therefore urge Nigerians to await our recommendations regarding the next steps of action to be taken in our national response to COVID-19.’’ Mustapha said

Meanwhile the National Coordinator of PTF Dr Sani Aliyu says after several months of confirmed cases, deaths, and recoveries anyone to still doubt the existence of COVID-19 is unfortunate. He emphasizes that to continue to express disbelief is a dis-service to the memory of Nigerians that have lost their lives to the disease.

By Sally Ahmed 

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