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Health Experts Warns About the Negative Effects of Hot Weather

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The hot and humid weather nationwide has created lots of reactions from people; excessive sweating and heath rashes have become regular these days, it is even difficult for many people, especially children, to sleep comfortably at night.

Medical experts says that the extreme weather could lead to more dire consequences, such as kidney failure, stroke, excessive bleeding and skin cancer in Albinos. they also stated other dangers it has on human and natural resources like strerilizing trees.

Though this is a normal phenomenum; many have linked it to climate change and according to some reviews, this hot weather has been linked to the epidemics of kidney disease detected in workers, who are increasingly exposed to heat and dehydration.

Prof Akin Osibogun, A Consultant Public Health Physician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), speaking with the Guardian said “When the weather is persistently hot and humid, as being experienced now, what happens is that there will be heat exhaustion and dehydration.

“When this loss of bodily fluid continues without adequate replacement, it will affect the body organs, especially the kidney that is involved with ultra-filtration. This can lead to kidney failure. Rapid water loss causes the kidney’s functioning to slow down, resulting in temporary or permanent kidney failure.

“Extreme heat causes rapid water loss, resulting in acute electrolyte imbalance. The kidney, unable to cope with the water loss, fails to flush out the requisite amount of creatinine and other toxins from the body. Coupled with a lack of consistent water intake, this brings about permanent or temporary kidney failure.”

“Another thing that can happen under this kind of hot and humid weather is that it will affect the brain and blood. It makes the blood less viscous and can easily escape from the vessels, causing excessive bleeding and haemorrhagic stroke.

“It can also cause skin cancer, but only in Abinos. People with black (dark) skin are protected from the carcinogenic effect of direct ultra-violet rays from the sun, because their skins have melanin. In most cases, they develop rashes, which can be very discomforting.”

Speaking on how Nigerians should protect themselves, he said; “We should reduce our exposure to the sun. It depends on the kind of work you do, but reduce the number of hours you stay under the sun, or rather outside, although some people, like bricklayers, cannot help but stay in the sun all day.

“The negative effect could also be reduced by drinking enough water to replace the lost fluid from excessive sweating. Try and carry bottled water wherever you go and drink at least three litres of water daily.”

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