The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday warned against the washing of surgical masks for reuse.
In a tweet via its official handle, the NCDC referenced an image of women washing masks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Such behaviour, the NCDC said, “poses a RISK for #COVID19 spread”.
The NCDC advised that surgical masks be disposed of in a waste bin after use.
“Use only those from original packaging,” the agency said.