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Coronavirus: Rushing to buy face masks unnecessary – Minister of health



By Ojimaojo Y. Abubakar

State minister of health, Dr Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora 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.

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Mamora made the appeal on Monday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, monitored by FACT-CHECK.COM.

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 care giving centres. These are the people that need face masks. People should not allow themselves to be exploited unduly,” he added.

The Nigerian government had confirmed the first case of coronavirus on Friday, involving an Italian citizen who arrived in the country for a brief business visit on Tuesday.

The patient was said to have travelled to Ogun State where he took ill and reported at a hospital but tested negative to malaria.

He was later referred to the testing centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where he tested positive to coronavirus.

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