Since Nigeria’s independence on October 1, 1960, its epileptic electricity state has only worsened and incessantly crippled operations across multiple sectors of the Nigerian economy. There has been lots of scenarios where non-availability of electricity has resulted in severe losses, for example in March 2017, some nursing mothers protested at a hospital in Rivers State over the death of their babies as a result of a power outage at the hospital.
“My child was okay before they took light, but three hours after there was no light, the doctors came and said my baby was dead”, one of the mothers said. “The situation at this health facility is disheartening. We, nursing mothers, drink cold water tea and bath with cold water due to lack of electricity to boil water”, she added.
Although the doctor dismissed the blackout as the possible cause of the deaths, he could not debunk the further claims of the women; how they drink cold tea and bath with cold water due to lack of electricity. Unfortunately, many Nigerians have resigned to fate and embraced electricity generators as a private source of power supply. So it came as no surprise when Nigeria was crowned the king of electricity generator import in Africa in 2011. While electricity generators have stemmed blackouts, there has been hazards. The toxic gases emitted by these generators are inimical to human health. Besides the risk of exposure to carcinogenic substances, prolonged contact with a gas like carbon monoxide (CO) leads to death. Sadly, many Nigerians who are ignorant of the havoc generator fumes could wreak have become victims of their owned prized possessions. In 2014, Vanguard reported over 14,000 deaths through generator fumes. Fast forward to May 2017, a widow and her three children died in their sleep from generator fumes. In the same month, a man and his entire family followed suit, and another similar incident occurred the next month. It’s unfortunate that what ought to provide succor has become the harbinger of suicidal fumes. Perhaps, this is why the Nigerian government first halted the importation of the most ubiquitous generator types in many Nigerian homes.
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