June 23, 2024

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COVID-19 pandemic: Experts warn of massive surge as Nigerians abandon face masks

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Nigerians are abandoning the use of face masks and
other safety protocols as rates of COVID- 19 infections
are declining in the country , findings by The PUNCH
have revealed .
But the Nigerian Medical Association and virologists
told The PUNCH on Sunday that with lax adherence to
safety protocols, Nigeria could witness another
coronavirus surge as schools prepared for full
resumption.
They also warned that with resumption of international
flights , failure to abide by COVID- 19 protocols could
trigger more cases of the deadly virus .
The PUNCH’ s correspondents, who monitored
adherence to COVID- 19 protocols in states , reported
that face masks had been abandoned , except in banks ,
where customers were forced to use them.
In Zamafara State, one of our correspondents observed
that people stopped wearing face masks two months
ago following the pronouncement of the state
Governor, Bello Matawalle that “ Zamfara State is
coronavirus – free . ”
An engineer in the state Ministry of Education , Aliyu
Abdul Aziz , in an interview with The PUNCH, said , “ I
stopped wearing a face mask when the state
government announced that there was no coronavirus
in Zamfara. ”
Another person , Mallam Aminu Duniya , said , “ The
disease is no more here , so why should I suffer myself
wearing a face mask ?”
The state ’ s Commissioner of Health Alhaji Yahaya
Kanoma told one of our correspondents that the fight
against coronavirus was successful in the state as
according to him, “ the state is now coronavirus – free . ”
In Plateau State, which some weeks ago became the
epicentre of COVID- 19 in the country , only a few
residents could be seen wearing face masks in Jos, the
state capital .
A resident , Lucy Chindaba said , “ It is not easy to be
buying face masks , hand sanitisers and other materials
all the time because not everybody can afford them . ”

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