Coping with hot weather-related diseases

Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 - Benue

The dry season is here again. It comes high temperatures and low humidity, which increases the likelihood of transmission of organisms causing diseases such as Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), conjunctivitis, measles, chickenpox, cholera, skin diseases, diarrhea and vomiting among others.The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet), had earlier warned of climate-induced diseases such as malaria, cerebrospinal meningitis and respiratory diseases in many parts of Nigeria.

According to the agency, incidences of malaria and other diseases would be higher in areas with high temperatures in the range of 18 to 32 degrees Celsius associated with high relative humidity above 60 percent precipitation, while areas covered by thick vegetation that provide environmental conditions conducive for the survival of vector and development of malaria parasites were also prone to malaria spread.

It said states that require vigilance include: coastal cities of Lagos, Abakiliki, Eket, Calabar, Ogun, Ondo , Owerri, Ebonyi, parts of Kogi, Cross River, Benue, Osun, Delta, Kwara, Niger, Nassarawa, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states.On cerebrospinal meningitis, NiMet disclosed that low relative humidity, high temperatures, dry north easterly winds and surface dust conditions would encourage the spread of the disease up to mid-March.




source: Guardian