The nights are sometimes bearable but in all, the last few weeks have been series of scorching moments in the lives of Nigerians. The sun is taking no prisoner this time around.
If one was hoping for a break from the heat, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has dashed such hopes.
With the global average air temperature of the earth hitting 1°C hotter than at the beginning of the 20th century, NIMET has warned Nigerians to brace for more hot days, warm night and heat waves.
A statement by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Eva Azinge noted that with the long residence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the current warming would continue beyond 2100 even when the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced.
The statement noted: “We must therefore prepare for a future with more hot days, warm nights and heat waves because of past and present emissions. This preparation will require smart adaptation strategies and engaging in climate resilient practices to cope with the damage that has been done.”
A leading consultant in Public Health and Disaster Management, Dr. Priscilla Ibekwe, has, however, proffered some tips to enable people to cope with the scorching heats in parts of the country.
“The weather is unbearably hot. Excessive heat can have harmful effect on our health. It can lead to dehydration-due to excessive loss of water, among others. It can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke. It can also lead to death.
She regretted that Nigeria had not paid much attention to the adverse effects of heat on the health of its people.
She encouraged people to eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. “Drink plenty of clean water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Reduce the intake of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they dehydrate the body. Seek medical advice if you or a family member has a medical condition. If you notice any change in your health, please seek medical advice immediately.”
She listed danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather to include feeling faint and dizzy, shortness of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.
Source: The Guardian Nigeria