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Prioritise your health while watching Super Eagles, Lagos warns

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The Lagos State Ministry of Health has issued a health advisory ahead of Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final between Nigeria and hosts Côte d’Ivoire.

At least five people, including a former member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh died in different circumstances while watching Wednesday night’s AFCON semifinal between Nigeria and South Africa, which the Super Eagles won 4-2 on penalties.

In a statement on Saturday, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi urged the residents of the state to prioritise their “health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities”.

His statement read: “The Lagos State Ministry of Health wishes all residents an exciting AFCON final as we support the Super Eagles to victory tomorrow evening.

“Residents are advised to prioritise their health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities.

“Here are some essential tips for citizens:

1. Know Your Limits: 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.

2. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: 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.

3. 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.

4. Maintain Good Posture: Sit in a comfortable chair with proper back support and avoid slouching to reduce strain on your muscles and spine.

5. Stay Calm and Relaxed: Practise relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness to manage stress and emotions during intense moments in the game.

6. Be Prepared for Emergencies: Familiarise 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.

“We also urge viewing centres 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.

“Have fun”.

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