As the hot season sets in, Nigerian medical Doctors and climatologist and environmental expert across the country has embarked on sensitizing the public on heat related diseases ,and advising the general public on various ways to prevent them serves against all form of diseases related to Malaria fever, Cholera, meningitis, chickenpox, ETC during the season.
The medical Doctor of Kagoro Shehaan Medical clinic ,Dr Abubakar Usman Yalwa make the called during an interview with Kaduna journalist as the hot season commences.
He says ,as the environment warms-up ,temperatures rises ,cloud are changing ,so also the body tends to warm-up as well. The body’s internal “thermostat” maintains a constant inner body temperature by pumping more blood to the skin and by increasing sweat production. Adding that the body increases the rate of heat loss to balance the heat burden. In a very hot environment, the rate of “heat gain” is more than the rate of “heat loss” and the body temperature begins to rise. A rise in the body temperature results in heat illnesses.
He says, during a season like this, we usually received many report of an outbreak of diseases and disaster, because almost all the diseases round the world like hot season, because it enabled them to spread within a short period in time.
He said this is the season where diseases do usually multiply in large number in every minute due to the nature of the season , hence the need to rise up and fight them together.
Abubakar pointed out that ,fear of outbreak of deadly diseases associated with heat related illness most especially on hot season like this, makes Nigerian doctors climatologist and environmental expert to equally begins Campaign ,and raises awareness to the general public against diseases that usually claimed lives of many Nigerians on a season like this.
“Hot season is the best season for most diseases like malaria fever,chicken pox and meningitis, and it is the season where other notorious flys are disturbing human lives and his plant,and this is the season were many hidden sickness do usually emerges as a result of the heat temperature.”
He warns that All Humanitarian organization Like NEMA,SEMA,RED CROSS and other organization associated with environmental sanitation ,ministry of health,Civil societies organization ,state and federal government must also rises up and begins creating awareness on the dangers of sleeping in a room without ventilation, stressing that it is dangerous to sleep in a room without cross ventilation.
According to him,there is the need by all stake holders to team up and support the government in the daily fight against all forms of heat related diseases associated with hot season, in order to save children.
Also in his own comment, a medical and environmental expert from school of health science Makarfi kaduna state ,comrade nuruddeen bello,says As climate change continues to have a negative impact on African,so as also the region make likely have high-risk transmission of malaria and other emergencies diseases which make affect human and his environment including the aquatic animals.
He said, the devastating effects of climate change are already here with us in Nigeria.
According to him , Nigerian should used the following in reducing the hot temperature through the following, as setting up fans in living areas and bedrooms. check that air-conditioning units work efficiently. Ensure they’re not still on heat mode after winter and that the thermostat has been reset. Also, make sure that the cool function is clearly marked on the remote control.
He concluded by drawing the attention of parents to make show that their children are sleeping in mosquito net, while calling on pupils to always open their windows for fresh air.
Meanwhile African climate reporters has released a press statement urging Nigerians and African countries to educate Rural dwellers on the importance of cleaning the environment, while urging citizens to be drinking plenty water during the hot season.
The organization then appealed to parents ,guardians, schools teachers to always reduce large number of students (decongestion) in a room or class, in other to avert the outbreak of infectious diseases during the season.
While calling on religious leaders , Temples masters to be educating their followers on the importance of keeping the environment clean, because according to the organization “cleanliness is next to Godliness.”