AFCON: Consider your health first, Lagos counsels Nigerians

AFCON: Consider your health first, Lagos counsels Nigerians

… Offers tips essential tips for citizens
 
As Nigeria prepares to watch the final AFCON match on Sunday, the Lagos State Ministry of Health has advised that citizens must prioritize their health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities.
 
According to the advisory by the ministry on Saturday, signed by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the State Ministry of Health wishes all residents an exciting AFCON. 
 
The statement reads: “Residents are advised to prioritize their health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities.
 
Some of the essential tips for citizens:
 
*Know Your Limits: According to Abayomi, “Understand your physical limitations and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions before engaging in activities that could potentially exacerbate them.”
 
*Stay Hydrated and Nourished: He said: “Crowded poorly ventilated hot environments should be avoided with attention to good hydration. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and ensure you drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods to keep your body fueled and hydrated, especially during prolonged periods of sitting and watching the game.”
 
*Take Regular Breaks: “Stand up, stretch, and move around periodically to prevent stiffness and promote circulation. This can also help maintain alertness and prevent fatigue.”
 
*Maintain Good Posture: “Sit in a comfortable chair with proper back support and avoid slouching to reduce strain on your muscles and spine.”
 
*Stay Calm and Relaxed: “Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness to manage stress and emotions during intense moments in the game.”
 
*Be Prepared for Emergencies: “Familiarize yourself with the location of medical facilities and emergency exits at the venue, and know how to access help quickly if needed. Contact the Lagos Emergency Medical Team, LASAMBUS, at 767 or 112 toll-free line in case of a medical emergency.”
 
Abayomi said: “We also urge viewing centers to ensure that venues where football matches are watched have adequate medical facilities and trained personnel on hand to respond swiftly in case of emergencies. This can make a significant difference in outcomes.
 
“If you experience any unusual symptoms or discomfort, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention promptly,” he added.

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