The Nigerian Senate has made an appeal to Nigerian citizens to get carbon monoxide detectors installed in their vehicles. The carbon monoxide detector should also be mounted in their houses and offices. Report reaching Naijauto says, the request was made during their plenary session on Wednesday and was aimed at protecting the lives of its citizens from the dangerous effect of carbon monoxide.
The Senate also called on the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Federal Ministry of Labour, Federal Ministry of Information, etc to create awareness among Nigerian workers and employers via radio, newspapers, and television on the need to start familiarizing themselves with the habit of using carbon monoxide detectors.
The resolution was made at a plenary session headed by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Sariki. It was followed by a motion moved by Senator Gbolahan Dada (APC Senator, representing Ogun).
Senators having a plenary session where the resolution was made
While Senator Dada moved the motion, he hinted that aside from the various security challenges which have been resulting in the death of citizens, Carbon monoxide is also killing many Nigerians on daily basis, in vehicles, homes, offices, factories, and workshops.
The lawmaker went further to explain that carbon emission kills silently and it's very difficult to be detected by a person who inhales it since it has no smell, sound or taste.
The deadly carbon monoxide is a by- product of combustion through gas fires, oil burning furnaces, portable generators, charcoal grills, etc.
The Senate is disturbed that in Nigeria, a high fatality figure of carbon monoxide poisoning is recorded while globally, 86,353 people died from unintentional poisonings worldwide in 2015 with 78,054 about 50 per cent of deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.
Also, a report by Global Burden of Disease 2005 shows that in the United States, between 1999 and 2000, a total of 5,149 deaths occurred from carbon monoxide poisoning
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Carbon monoxide poisoning has caused over 86,500 deaths worldwide in 2015 alone
He voiced out his concern saying,
at the moment, nothing is on ground to create awareness on the devastating effect of carbon monoxide.
Dada said if the legislature does nothing about the situation, innocent citizens will keep getting exposed to the health risk that could have been avoided and it may result in the loss of lives.
When the Senate President put the motion on a voice vote, every lawmaker unanimously adopted it.
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