The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has advised Nigerians against subjecting themselves to long-hour fasting, saying it was risky to their kidneys.
Adeyeye, who attributed the high rate of kidney problems in Nigeria to prolonged fasting by some religious adherents, said that those concerned must moderate the act.
While briefing the media on the breakthrough by her agency in tracking high consignments of tramadol and other pharmaceuticals to the Republic of Benin, the NAFDAC head said: “Kidney failure, we are a very religious country- Muslims and Christians fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem.
“Your body has to have homeostatic balance, meaning that the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs function.
“Some people will fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only a little water, the kidney is being punished. Now, if you put chemicals in it, it triples in an exponential manner, it damages the kidney because the kidney doesn’t have water to dilute and filter”.
Adeyeye, who tasked Nigerians to fast but with common sense, added: “I fast but with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, otherwise, we will pay with our kidneys”.