The Lagos State Ministry of Health has issued a health advisory to all residents ahead of the African Cup of Nations final match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.
Gatekeeper reports that no fewer than five Nigerians reportedly died while watching the penalty shoot-outs between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa during the semifinal match in Bouaké, on Wednesday.
A statement released by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Saturday, outlined some tips to help citizens prioritise their health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities.
The statement outlined the tips as follows:
• 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.
• 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.