Kano tasks residents to take precautions against heatwave

Kano State has urged residents to adopt safety measures against the current heatwave being experienced in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Abubakar Labaran, said this in a statement in Kano.
Labaran expressed concern over the excessive heat and urged residents to adopt health precautionary measures to protect themselves against negative consequences.
“The excessive heat began since March this year, causing increase in malaria and mortalities, that was why the ministry embarked on investigations to unravel the cause.
“Kano people are very much aware of the fact that these three months – March, April and May, and the beginning of June are the months of excessive heat, resulting in so many health complications, including malaria and meningitis cerebrum.
“It could be noted that in the past three month, malaria prevalence has dropped because of winter season, but now the disease is on increase due to severity of the unbearable heat,’’ he said.
He added: “The temperature has reached the level that it could affect the brain, liver or kidney, so much that if any of these organs is affected, death could occur.
“Currently, the intensity of the heat in Kano is between 43 and 45 degree, and the air in circulation is dry without moisture.
‘’This condition could cause scratch in the nose and one could contract meningitis.’’
He said that the excessive heat could result in heat-stroke, as a result of shortage of blood and water in the body, leading to brain damage, especially among elderly people and those working under the sun.
Labaran advised the people to ensure that they protected themselves against mosquito’s bites, by sleeping under treated nets, covering doors and windows with nets to block mosquito from entering the rooms and use of insecticides.
He urged residents to report any person with symptoms of malaria to the health facility, for timely treatment, before it reached advanced stage.
On meningitis cerebrum, Labaran called on people to shun overcrowded in rooms and halls, especially those with little or no ventilation.
Labaran also advised residents to drink lots of water and fluids.

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