Kogi State government has alerted residents of the state capital, Lokoja that the state would experience severe heat this year due to climate change.
In a statement issue by the Special Adviser to Governor Idris Wada on Environment and Physical Development, Barrister Ladi Ahmed Jatto, said that the alert became necessary in view of its attendant health implications on the people.
Jato said the heat the people are experiencing in the state was as a result of climate change, saying government was being proactive by letting the people be aware of it.
She advised people to avoid overcrowded places and stay in well-ventilated environment as well as leaving their window open to allow air inside so as to avoid an outbreak of meningitis.
She added that people with any symptoms of heat exhaustions should go to the hospital or health centre for prompt medical attention.