A family Physician, Dr. Ijeoma Chibueze, has advised Nigerians to take necessary precautions to tackle the heat season that is fast approaching.
Dr. Ijeoma, who is a staff of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, (DASH) in Lafia, Nasarawa State, gave the advice on Thursday during a health talk session.
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According to her, “The heat season usually corresponds with the end of the harmattan and the beginning of the rainy season and could sometimes have temperature up to 40 degrees Celsius.”
“It could lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, dehydration, increase in malaria parasite infestation, meningitis, heatstroke, and also an increase in incidences of drowning in swimming pools or rivers,” she said.
Dr. Chibueze said to mitigate the health risks associated with the hot season, especially in Lafia, she recommended drinking at least three litres of water every day, avoiding working or walking during the peak of the day without using a shade, taking bath regularly and vaccination against meningitis among other things.
The physician said people should try to conserve their body water.
She said people needed to keep their homes and bodies cool, eat healthy food, drink safe water and also visit hospital immediately if they noticed any serious symptoms.