Curbing the Spread of Covid-19: Perception on Face Mask Use among Nigerians

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Owie Ukponahiusi and Kelly A. Imafidon

owie.ukponahiusi@uniben.edu;  +2348079763352

kelly.imafidon@uniben.edu; +2348056115307

Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences,

University of Benin, Benin City

 

Abstract

This study examined the use of face mask among residents of Benin City, Edo state. The study adopted the cross-sectional research design. The population comprised ages 15 years and above who domicile in the study area. The sample size was drawn from the population using the Slovia formula for calculating sample size. The study adopted triangulation method. Data collected was analysed using both descriptive statistics and content description of themes and reporting verbatim. The study revealed that Nigerians were not adhering to the recommended standard of the World Health Organisation on the best practice of the use of face mask. It was, therefore, concluded that there was high level of improper use of face mask among the residents of Benin City especially, when face masks were hawked in the public places. It was recommended that government as a matter of urgency should prohibit the indiscriminate sales of cloth face masks especially among children hawkers. Also, those selling face masks should be enlightened not to allow buyer return the face mask after wearing because this can further spread the virus if missed with the ones not used.

 

Keywords: Face mask, covid-19, non-pharmaceutical, intervention, countermeasures

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