By Ita Akpan
Cochrane Nigeria, a not-for-profit independent organization charged with the mandate to making up to date accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily accessible to people living in Nigeria.
The organization has called on researchers to further conduct higher-quality studies to further confirm the efficacy on the uses of face mask, hand washing and social distancing as the only available ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic.
The call was made on Saturday 7th August, 2020 during a media round table discussion at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ernest Bassey Secretariat Calabar.
The event was organized to shared the systematic reviews available in the uses of face mask, hand washing and social distancing as the only available ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic.
In a paper presentation, presented by the Resource Fellow, Dr Ekpereonne Esu, titled, “Are Face masks, social distancing and hand washing effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19?”
Dr Esu, identifies, “”Severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) as the strain of Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which is responsible for COVID-19 Pandemic.
Dr Esu further stated that, “Until an effective Vaccine or treatment are readily accessible COVID-19 prevention will continue to solely rely on available physical preventive measures which includes use of face mask, hand hygiene (hand washing) and social distancing”
On her part, the Deputy director, Cochrane Nigeria, prof. Angela Ayo-Ita during an interview opine that, “If we were continued with the proper hygiene imbibed during the Ebola outbreak, the more than 800,000 life lost and more 8 .9 Million still infected by the dreaded COVID-19 Pandemic would have been under control”
She said, “Ebola came and we were washing our hands, Ebola left we stop washing our hands, COVID-19 came we are rushing to wash our hands again, case in point, if we have maintained that culture we wouldn’t have been talking about hand washing, we would have gone faster. So what we are trying to say today is that, those basic hygiene that we were taught in primary schools they are still very important. It helps in reducing diseases in our communities” Prof. Angela stated.