After the long period of dryness and heat experienced in almost every parts of the country, we are glad the clouds have finally given way to the rain. It has not been a very easy journey considering the heat that made many have sleepless nights.
The power-holding company did not help either as electricity has become scarcer in the past couple of months. When you consider things like these, you would definitely be inspired to write a book titled ‘The Agony of a Nigerian’. We need not remind you that this is not the time to fight filling-station attendants as we all know how much it costs to get a litre of petrol and the pain it takes to get it when you need it.
In retrospect, nothing can be compared to nature. The rainy season has started and we know this is a good sign for people in the agricultural sector. As much as we all love this rainy season, it sure has some challenges and things that could get us frustrated.
In order to help you enjoy this season, we came up with some tips that would help you get the best out of it.
Find below some of the useful things you need to know this rainy season:
- Stock your bag:
Now that the rainy season has kicked off, there are certain things you need to have in your bag. If you are a woman, you should have a shower cap, small towel and a small sized umbrella in your bag all the time.
As you know, the clouds would not alert you of the time it would bellow with heavy rain fall; and if you trust your instinct in reading the clouds, you could be disappointed once in a while. Having these items in your bag would keep you safe and keep you dry when it is raining.
- Wash your hands often
It is important to make this a habit; it is not only when you hear the news of an outbreak of disease that you should be cautious. Bacteria and viruses thrive well during this period; washing the hands regularly would be a way of avoiding infection.
Since one cannot ascertain how clean the things we touch are while going about our daily routine, this would prevent you from catching an infection.
- Avoid dirty water
Knowing fully well the condition of our roads in Nigeria, finding dirty water around would not be a hard task. Run off water from sewage sites, storm channels and the cities generally form pools of water on the roads when it rains.
These pools of water would have mixed with mud and dirt; one can be sure that the water would be loaded with germs. Mosquitoes also thrive well during this season; thus, malaria would be imminent.
Cover up as much as possible when stepping out into the streets in this rainy season in order to avoid catching diseases. Rain boots and rain coats would do the magic.
- Avoid eating roadside foods
Nigerians enjoy eating out and buying foods they could easily snack on while on the move. A major city like Lagos has a lot of roadside food sellers. Most Lagosians do not cook as they enjoy buying cooked foods in the streets and markets.
While you may have the urge to eat fried foods without wanting to do it yourself, think of the high risk of infection you are opened to as these foods could be infested by bacteria and water-borne diseases.
- Take a lot of fruits
As a result of the coldness of this season, it may be hard fighting off cough and catarrh. In order to avoid having running nose, you can make do with lots of fruits to boost your immune system and prevent you from catching flu in the process too.
Fruits have high bouts of vitamin C which is usually a remedy for cold and catarrh. Taking it this season will build up your immune and make you less susceptible to these diseases.
- Avoid rubbing your face with your hands
Most times, the surfaces we touch make our hands dirty; thus, germs are not far from us. While collecting change from the bus conductor or in paying for a service, we come in contact with germs.
These hands are also used to wipe the face in order to reduce oiliness or wipe off sweat. In the process, the eyes, nose and mouth get dabbed with these germs. Therefore, catching an infection is made easier with the use of our hands.
A clean handkerchief should be used always during this period in order to minimize the transmission of diseases.