An epidemiologist, Dr Haruna Audu, on Saturday advised people in northern Nigeria against excessive exposure to heat to prevent diseases.
Audu, who gave the advice in an interview in Hadejia, Jigawa, urged the people to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
The northern Nigeria has been recording a weather temperature of 39 degrees Celsius to 42 degrees Celsius in recent times.
The hot weather condition is making life difficult for some residents, forcing many of people to sleep outside.
Audu appealed that special attention should be given to children, the elderly and the sick.
He said that excessive exposure to heat could cause skin rashes, heat stroke, heat stress and cramps.
The medical expert said that hot weather was associated with diseases such as meningitis, tuberculosis, dengue fever, chicken pox, measles, boils and heart attack.
“There are serious health risks; failure to manage the condition effectively could result in infections,” he said.
He said that the effects of the heat could be managed through good ventilation, good personal hygiene and a clean environment.
“It is good to avoid overcrowding; sleep in a room with good ventilation,” he urged. (NAN)