Thursday, March 29, 2012

Heat Wave: Experts Warn Against Over Exposure To Sun

Recent observations have shown that Nigeria might be experiencing a heat wave. Environmental experts are blaming it on the rapid deforestation and degradation of Nigeria’s rainforest and urging residents to reduce the amount of time they stay in the sun. One of such experts: Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said:

"Lagos is currently experiencing heat wave, which is a prolonged period of excessively and abnormally hot weather with temperature exceeding 32.2oc and it is usually accompanied by humidity that usually lasts for at least one day but could last several days to weeks. Continuous exposure to this excessive heat is dangerous and could cause problems such as heat rash, heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
He also asked people to drink plenty water and avoid drinks that contain alcohol and caffeine, use protective gadgets such as hat or umbrella, sunglasses and sunscreen, take cold baths and leave water to dry on the skin, as well as never leave children and pets inside closed cars.

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