Lagos State with over 20 million people have adopted the use of face masks as new rules come into force to curb the spread of the coronavirus through the approval of the President Mohammad Buhari as the State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu requested with effect on Monday, May 4.
The use of cloth masks is now mandatory on public transport, Markets, Shopping Malls and on the streets with the current measures of social distancing, use of sanitizer and hand wash. But the question is to what level of compliance? Are we expecting reduction or increase to confirm cases of the coronavirus in Lagos State?
According to the data, the state had 1006 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 247 patients have been successfully managed and discharged, 25 Deaths recorded so far. Also, the state government have established six isolation centres and gradually expanding capacity with more locations and medical equipment.
“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I implore you all to support our offensive against the disease, the Use of Face mask #MaskUpLagos, Social Distancing and regular Hand Washing will help break the chain of community transmission. Take responsibility for yourself and your community, Sanwo-Olu said on Saturday.
Lagosians, as known for doggedness and creativity, have begun the use home-made cloth masks in different styles and colourful displayed on streets by vendors as a source of making money. Is it not right for residents to sew their own mask or to patronize vendors as its portend a danger of communal spread of COVID-19 as normal activities begin on Monday.
LAGOS EYE NEWS gathered various views of the citizens on the use of locally face masks, and the guidelines released by the governor and the dangers ahead.
The Chairman Board of Trustees and the Coordinator of Zion Care Life and Family Impact Foundation (ZIONCLIFF), Mrs Alaba Ehindero said citizens should be careful on where and from whom they buy home-made masks to avoid being infected.
“Normally, face mask is disposable. One per day. But due to high cost of surgical masks, people are now going for locally made, but they should be hygienic about it. Or better still have more than one basically to interchange the mask, by wash and dry for use. As far am concern, I suggest one person to buy up to five or seven if we can afford it, she said.
“The danger of communal spread is very scary at this stage. One infected person in the community can transmit it to at least 10 per day and 100 within a week if not curtailed. My advise is that people should stay at home and avoid unnecessarily engagement.
For those in essential duty, they should please observe the precautionary measures before they mix up with their family members.
We must ensure that we get the right home-made mask with right fabrics that can absorb the droplets. I think the best thing to do is to learn how to make our own face masks with the NHS specifications to curtail more spread. For those patronizing these local hawkers must be careful and vigilant during the easing of lockdown, Mrs Ehindero advised.
“The use of home-made mouth and nose guard has no danger provided it is well produced under proper hygiene. The end users also must make sure it is very neat always, said a Medical Doctor, Dr. Jacob Akintimeyin
CEO, HeadStatement Millinery, Mrs Oluwarotimi Sobukola advised Lagosians to comply with the guidelines and for the mask to be effective it must be washed before use. “Home-made face masks are good. But you must have at least two, so you can change it every day. Wash before use, the sun dry and iron after every use. It must be well sewn with linen for effective protection.
Now, Nigerians owed it as a responsibility to themselves starting from Monday to ensure they do not allow the virus to come into their communities and ravage the country. Our partial independent must not further increase suffering, poverty and deaths.