The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has attributed the recent heat that has taking over the country both day and night to greenhouse gas emissions and are warning the generality of the Ghanaian people to take measures to enable them survive, particularly when there is every indication that the situation would get worse in the ensuing days.
‘’Experts have warned us to prepare for more hot days and warm nights. This preparation will require smart adaptation strategies and engaging in climate resilient practices to cope with the damage that has been done. The common effects of heat waves on humans are dehydration which can lead to fainting or death, chickenpox, heat rash, and psychological stress’’ a statement issued by the Organisation read in part.
The statement said in order to survive the unbearable heat, Ghanaians must adopt certain measures including keeping dehydrated and avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
‘’In order to cope with the current climate conditions, experts have advised that we should drink more water to keep hydrated. Keep a water bottle with you to remind you to take water. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during this period. Reduce intake of foods that are rich in protein because they increase metabolic heat. Fresh foods, and vegetables are better options’’ it said.
It added that people should monitor their blood pressure. Should, as much as possible, stay indoors between 12noon and 3pm and should take cold baths before going to bed at night. Please endeavor to adhere, NADMO needs you hale and hearty.