The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that wearing of face masks may be made compulsory for residents in the state from next week.
The governor said this would help to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.
He said this during a televised media briefing on COVID-19 updates in Lagos monitored by our correspondent on Monday.
He said, “The increase in numbers we are seeing is evidence of the success of our evolving strategy of ramping up testing by going into local communities to search for cases. You may have heard that we have recently set up sample collection centers across our 20 Local Government Areas.
“The most appropriate response from us as a Government is to tell residents not to panic; but to strengthen our resolve to continue to obey all the directives around physical distancing, respiratory hygiene, and staying at home.
“Also, there have been questions about whether the State Government is planning to introduce a face mask-wearing policy. Our simple answer is that it may be compulsory to wear one in public places from next week. We have already commissioned local production of face masks in large quantities in a way that will suit our environment and be pocket friendly.”
Sanwo-Olu said the masks would be pocket-friendly and suit the local environment, cautioning against panic-buying.
He added that millions of the locally made face masks would be distributed to a large number of residents by next week.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had on Sunday said the wearing of face masks protects people around an infected person.
“There is some theoretical evidence that the wearing of masks may indeed reduce the amount of droplets in the environment from the person that is infected with COVID-19 and that is the reason why we are beginning to define the strategy of face masks for the general community,” he said.