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Unstable Electricity & Heat Wave In Nigeria: Medical Experts Say Nigerians At Risk of Kidney Disease

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April 3rd, 2016 – Unstable Power Supply & Heat Wave In Nigeria: Medical Experts Say Nigerians At Risk of Kidney Disease & Dehydration

Nigeria is currently experiencing excessive heat wave at the moment. This makes citizens uncomfortable, especially urban dwellers. This situation has somehow been compounded by the erratic electricity supply in the country at present.

The hot weather, heat and ailments associated with it have made life miserable for people. With the dry conditions and dusty environment, many, according to medical experts, are likely to come down with dehydration, heat rashes, respiratory ailments, and other illnesses allied with heat.

A community medicine and public health expert, Prof. Bayo Onajole, however, said in Nigeria, people are used to relatively high temperature. For one to die of heat wave, the person, he said, must have had dehydration, that is, loss of body water, which is not very common in this part of the world.

“If you are in a position where you lose a lot of body water and this water is not been replaced, it could lead to adverse health effect but if not treated because a lot of the body fluid is made of water, it may lead to something very serious.

“The other effect could be inability to sleep well, insomnia, because of the heat not been comfortable, couple with the fact that electricity is not regular and also a situation where houses are built close to each other.

“It could also lead to more accident on the road, when they are not patient for one another.” Another resident doctor at the department of family medicine, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, Dr. Lekan Bello, added that there were many health risks associated with hot weather.

He, however, happed on the need for measures to be taken to ameliorate the situation in the country. For Dr. Ipede Victor, a general medicine practitioner, heat wave comes occasionally, and at times the temperature could rise, but Nigeria, he insisted, is so blessed that there has not been extreme weather in recent times. “I don’t think we are suffering heat wave in Nigeria;we are only going through the process of no rain.

I was in the United States last December and I was there in 2005, so I know what heat wave means. A consultant family physician, Dr. Sodipo Oluwajimi, also admitted that there is an increasing heat wave globally, which is affecting Africa as well. But, because traditionally, Nigeria has always had two basic periods, the harmattan and the heat period, the country sort of is used to this.

“So, what has happened because of the global phenomenon of global warming is that things are becoming more serious and we have seen higher temperature than what we used to see before and of course, this has a lot of health implication.

Another community doctor and publisher, Dr. Onyebuchi Lawrence, emphasised that when he told Saturday Telegraph that though anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.

For instance, infants and young children, he said, are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.

Also, older people, according to him, may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature. “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.”


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  1. fifelomo

    April 3, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Gaskia the heat Naa die! May God protect us from this deadly kidney desease.

  2. Maryf

    April 3, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    The heat is too much now. These days I force myself to drink a lot of water even when I’m not thirsty. Please pals drink water o, its very important.

  3. sola olaniyi

    April 3, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    The heat no be small thing…God please help us with more rain

  4. D Hunter

    April 3, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    My take is, the heat is simply natural and there is little or nothing we can actually do about it. But the epileptic power supply is an artificial problem we can tackle if the FG and the Ministry of Power will wake from its slumber.

    The heat wave in the country is intensified by many factors. We tend to build our houses in close proximity with no space for enough ventilation. Most people do not plant tress in or aroud their compounds.

    Talking about heat waves, take a trip to Maiduguri in Borno State, the presuming hottest State in Nigeria with almost 95-97% degree celsius. Suffice me to say, from Maiduguri to HELLFIRE is just N50 keke fare. *wink.

    My strolling continues….

  5. Olanrewaju

    April 3, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Everything isn’t going on well in the country. We need God’s intervention

  6. Mercy Sunday

    April 3, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    D rich men (d people on sit)wants 2 kill us bcos they can fuel their gen 24/H while d poor wil b suffering 4rom heat and power failure.

  7. Amazon

    April 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    The heat is something else, it can even burn down a house but I pray it doesn’t cause any kidney disease to anyone

  8. Aba boy

    April 3, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    NEPA no dey give us light heat wan kill person

  9. red

    April 3, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Power holding company,can you read this? You guys are sending people to early grave.

  10. Omokehinde

    April 3, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Heat wave could be very dangerous if our people lack the needed information. With the unstable power supply, that could even make things worse. However, people must drink plenty of water if you feel weak and dehydrated; take shower as many times as possible, stay in a cool place where is a natural breeze, and for those hawking, please minimize your hawking during the heat wave period. We must avoid wearing polythene products but pure cotton to reduce heat intake. Finally, we must avoid the use of black clothing material because black absorbs heat quicker and faster than other colors. White cotton t-shirt will be perfect for our current heat waves across Nigeria. I’m not an expert, but this is just an advice.

  11. Stanley Jones

    April 4, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    U ***** keeps saying God should help us and d case keeps worsenin,d fact is the God U guys worship has failed you’ll guys woefully why is America nt going through shit? bcus d devil is everly thr to see them happy unlike ur God u lowlifes worship.

    • Jay

      April 5, 2016 at 6:56 PM

      ignorance is bliss

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