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Ekiti Govt Issues Advisory On Managing Heat Waves



By Grace Chigbu


The Ekiti State Ministry of Health and Human Services has issued a vital advisory to residents concerning the current challenging weather conditions and energy constraints, highlighting potential health risks associated with such circumstances.


In a press statement released on Tuesday and signed by Dr. Oyebanji Filani, Commissioner for Health and Human Services, the government emphasized the importance of taking precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being of the community during extreme weather conditions.


The advisory outlined several key recommendations:


Stay Hydrated: Residents were urged to maintain adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, irrespective of thirst levels. The statement cautioned against beverages containing caffeine or alcohol, as they can exacerbate dehydration.


Stay Cool: Spending time in well-ventilated spaces was encouraged to mitigate the effects of high temperatures.


Dress Appropriately: Wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics and protecting oneself from the sun with hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen were recommended measures.


Limit Outdoor Activities: Residents were advised to minimize outdoor activities, particularly during peak heat hours, and to take regular breaks in shaded or cool areas if outdoor tasks were unavoidable.


Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Special attention was directed towards children, elderly family members, and individuals with chronic medical conditions, who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Caregivers were urged to ensure they remain hydrated and cool.


Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles: Highlighting the dangers of heatstroke, residents were reminded never to leave children, elderly adults, or pets unattended in parked vehicles, especially as temperatures inside vehicles can rise rapidly.


Be Aware of Symptoms: Recognizing the signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, residents were advised to seek immediate medical attention if experiencing symptoms such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, headache, or confusion.


Stay Informed: Residents were encouraged to stay updated on weather forecasts and heat advisories issued by the government, and to adhere to recommended safety guidelines during heat waves.


Dr. Filani stressed the importance of collective responsibility in minimizing health risks associated with heat waves and ensuring community well-being. Additionally, residents were urged to utilize the state emergency call line (112) for any related emergencies.


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