ABIA RESIDENTS ADVISED TO ADHERE TO NIMET RECOMMENDATIONS TO CURB THREAT ASSOCIATED WITH HEAT – WAVES

ABIA RESIDENTS ADVISED TO ADHERE TO NIMET RECOMMENDATIONS TO CURB THREAT ASSOCIATED WITH HEAT – WAVES

Abia State Government, through the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Renewal has expressed concern over the recent changes in the climate, resulting in heat – waves at day and night.

The adverse effect of the current situation ranges from dehydration which can lead to fainting, contacting of chicken pox, heat rashes and mental stress. Also associated with heat – waves are skin cancer, meningitis and in the worst case scenario, death. The Government recalls that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had advised on how to prepare for change in climatic conditions

In a release by the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Philemon Ogbonna, Abia State Government advises Ndi Abia and residents to adhere to the recommendations by the experts in order to curb the threat associated with the heat – waves.

The recommendations include; drinking more water to stay hydrated, avoid more consumption of alcoholic beverages and caffeinated beverages, reduce intake of food rich in proteins because they increase metabolic activities, as  fresh foods and  fruits are better alternatives, stay indoors between 12 noon and 4:30pm, take cold bath before going to bed at night, monitor their blood pressure always.

While the State government is reassuring the people of its commitment to their welfare and security, Abians are reminded that health is wealth and, they should do all they can to live a healthy life.

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