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Not all nose or face masks can stop spread of Covid-19 •Former D-G of GHS says

BY PHILIP ANTOH

THE FORMER Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Appiah Denkyira, has warned Ghanaians not to produce and wear their own face or nose masks because those ones cannot save one from contracting the deadly Coronavirus.

According to him, like the hand sanitizers, the nose and face masks must meet a certain  standard.

Dr Denkyira said all nose or face masks meant to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and any other germs must first meet the Ghana Standard Board specification.

He said currently, the N95 nose and face masks are the ones that have been recommended by the board as meeting the standard.

“You cannot just put on any ordinary face and nose masks because when it is soaked it affects the wearer so it is not advisable to produce your own nose or face mask,” he stated.

Speaking on the Morning Starr Show with Francis Abban, he said the call for  producing 150,000 nose and face masks on daily basis locally is in the right direction though, but they must meet the standard.

He advised that people who sell food items or are exposed to people on daily basis must use face or nose masks to prevent the virus from spreading.

On the rise of the cases to 408, he said “if the increasing numbers are from the already quarantined people,  then there is no cause for alarm but if these are new cases, then there is a serious danger.”

He called on the government to target densely-populated areas such as Chorkor, James Town and Nima to screen them and if they are found to be free from Covid-19, they have to be made to understand why they should not move from their jurisdictions.

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