By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has warned that long fasting contributes to the high rate of kidney problems being experienced in the country.
She, therefore, advised Nigerians to observed their religious fasting with common sense, else, they pay with their kidneys. Speaking on the unending influx of unregulated pharmaceutical products into the country, Adeyeye explained that the water level in the human body must be enough to make the organs to function.
She lamented that some people fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only little or no water, stressing that by so doing, the kidney is being punished.
She said: “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 omistatic balance, meaning that the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs to function.
“Some people will fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only little water, the kidney is being punished. Now, if you put chemicals in it, it triples in exponential manner, it damages the kidney because the kidney doesn’t have water to dilute and filter. If you must fast, I will advise you fast with common sense. If not, we will pay with our kidneys.”
Adeyeye also urged Nigerians to always buy their drugs from registered pharmacies, instead of hawkers or unregulated open drug markets.
Source: The Guardian