Nigeria

Lagos to distribute 3 million face masks to vulnerable residents

The three months moratorium on loans to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) granted by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a reprieve of about N410 million, it was learnt yesterday.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has disclosed plans by the government to distribute about three million face masks to vulnerable residents, adding that it has identified an Isolation Centre in Alimosho area of the state.

Sanwo-Olu, who stated this during the daily briefing on COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, said the state had embarked on local production of the face masks to complement its efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The governor, while speaking further said, “We have identified an Isolation Centre in Alimosho and we will soon make it active so we quarantine people there. “This is not the time for us to relax or slow down in breaking the chain of COVID-19 infections,” he said.

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He pointed out that the state decided to distribute the face masks to the vulnerable as it would now be a compulsory item to wear in public going forward.

“We are currently producing millions of face masks for Lagosians. We are currently doing about two to three million masks and we want to get it to our most vulnerable people. All the masks are locally made,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that as part of the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, his administration had done doorto- door testing to over a million households.

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