Coronavirus: Bayelsa Orders Compulsory Use Of Facemasks

As part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Bayelsa state government has ordered the compulsory use of facemasks in public.

Coronavirus COVID-19Dr Inodu Apoku, Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19 Implementation Committee, for Bayelsa state who spoke to newsmen in Yenagoa said that the use of face masks in the state had become imperative if the life of the citizenry was to be protected from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said “This initiative is in line with the directives handed down by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and is aimed at checking the spread of the disease in the country.

“We all have been witnessing the rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country in the past few days.“This is clearly attributed to the refusal of people not adhering to the preventive measures prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal and state governments.

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“In view of this rise, even though we have not recorded any case in the state, we advise that everyone should take responsibility by applying the safety protocols which will ultimately contain the pandemic.

“Once again, we advise Bayelsa residents to apply personal hygiene such as frequent hand washing and maintain social distancing as a way of avoiding being infected with the virus and breaking the transmission”.Bayelsa governor, Douye DiriPhoto Credit: Getty

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