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NARD: Safety Tips as Heat Waves Heightens

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued health safety guidelines to help Nigerians cope as the nation continues to experience humidity and unbearable heat waves.

on Saturday, NARD posted the advisory titled, ‘Stay safe in the heat wave’ on its X handle .

It stated, “As temperatures soar, it’s crucial to stay vigilant and take care of ourselves. The extreme temperatures could provoke ill health, endanger eutherian and may cause death. Staying safe in hot weather is essential for your well-being. Let us look out for each other and take the necessary precautions to stay healthy.”

The tips are as follows:

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.

Wear loose, light-weight and light-coloured to help your body stay cool.

Seek shade: Limit your time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside, seek shade whenever possible.

Take cool showers or baths as they can help lower your body temperature and provide relief from the heat.

Know the signs of heat-related illnesses: Be aware of symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeats and confusion. Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency revealed that the excessive heat being experienced in the country presently would remain for a while.

Nigerians to experience excessive heat for a while, NIMET warns – Healthwise (punchng.com)

The agency disclosed this in its weather and climate update posted on its official X page on Wednesday.

NIMET, in the post, also outlined the weather implications and guided the public on how to manage the situation.

“Air Temperatures hit 41°C over the North and 39°C over the South with model projections indicating temperatures to remain high in the coming days,” NiMET said.

The agency listed the implications of the heat, noting, “This could also cause fainting; chickenpox disease, measles, heat rash, weakness of the body, slight fever, and dry lips; heat-related illnesses; respiratory issues; and increased vulnerability to chronic conditions.”

NiMET advised citizens to always take adequate fluid, seek shade, use fans, and wear light, breathable clothing to reduce exposure to high temperatures, amongst other measures.