Following the frequency of heat waves in Kaduna state, a medical practitioner, Dr Bilkis Mohammed says it is important for residents to reduce the time stayed in the sun.
Mohammed, who is the Secretary of the Nigeria Medical Association ((NMA), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna that as the heat waves become more common and intense, the risk of heatstroke continues to rise.
“The weather is hot and humid therefore concerns will be on dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“Exposure to the extreme temperature is the leading cause of weather related deaths.
“This not only includes heatstroke but also problems associated with breathing difficulties and exacerbated preexisting medical conditions.’’
She tasked residents on the importance of staying cool particularly the elderly and young persons at greater risk of heatstroke and other problems associated with excessive heat exposure.
According to her, depending on a person’s age, presence of chronic medical conditions and the amount of fluids they consumed, heatstroke especially in very high temperature can occur in just a few short hours.
Mohammed also said that exercises and outdoor activities should be done early morning or evening but not under the sun.
According to her, wearing thin, loose clothing during the heat allows good airflow, which helps sweat to evaporate.
“Wearing loose fitting clothing that breathes well will help your body regulate temperature.
“Also avoid dark clothing as it absorbs more heat than light clothing,’’ she said.
The medical experts advised residents to hydrate regularly.
“Have a bottle of water handy while outside and avoid crowded spot,’’ she said.(NAN)