Juliet Jacob Ochenje
The Lagos State Health Ministry has Released a health advisory for the AFCON final that is to take place tomorrow evening at 9:pm African time.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, advised in a statement on Saturday ahead of the AFCON Finale.
The Africa Cup of Nations champions will be crowned on Sunday when hosts Ivory Coast face Nigeria in the final at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday.
The tournament has been full of drama, excitement, stoppage-time goals, VAR interventions and incredible storylines.
The statement reads, ‘The Lagos State Ministry of Health hopes that all residents have a thrilling AFCON final and supports the Super Eagles in their quest for victory.
“It is recommended that individuals place importance on their health and well-being while partaking in football games or other vigorous activities.
Here are some essential tips for citizens.
“Be aware of your physical limitations and seek advice from a medical expert if you have any preexisting health issues before participating in activities that could potentially worsen them.
“To maintain good health in hot, crowded places, it is important to stay hydrated and nourished. It is advisable to avoid poorly ventilated areas. It is also important to minimize alcohol intake and focus on drinking plenty of water and consuming nutritious foods. This is especially important during extended periods of sitting and watching a game.
“Remember to take breaks regularly, as getting up, stretching, and moving around from time to time can prevent stiffness and improve blood flow. Additionally, taking breaks can keep you attentive and prevent tiredness.
“To avoid putting strain on your muscles and spine, it is important to sit in a comfortable chair with proper back support and to refrain from slouching.
“Maintain a Calm and Relaxed State: Employ various relaxation methods such as deep breathing or mindfulness to effectively handle stress and emotions when faced with challenging situations in the game.
“Make sure you are ready for any unexpected situations by familiarizing yourself with the medical facilities and emergency exits at the venue. Also, know how to get help quickly in case of an emergency by contacting the Lagos Emergency Medical Team, LASAMBUS, at the toll-free line 767 or 112.
It is important for viewing centers to have proper medical facilities and trained personnel available to respond quickly during emergencies at football match venues. This can have a significant impact on the results.
“Do not delay in seeking immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any abnormal symptoms or discomfort.”