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NAFDAC Warns Nigerians Against Long-hour Fasting

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Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has warned against fasting for long periods of time.

Speaking in Abuja on Monday, while briefing the media on the breakthrough by her agency in tracking high consignments of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals to the Republic of Benin, Prof. Adeyeye said long-hour fasting is risky to the kidneys.

She attributed the high rate of kidney problems in Nigeria to prolonged fasting by some religious adherents.

According to the agency boss, those subjecting themselves to prolonged fasting on religious grounds must moderate the act.

Prof. Adeyeye said: “Kidney failure, we are a very religious country- Muslims and Christians fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem.

“Your has to have homeomistatic balance, meaning that the level in your body must be enough to make your organs to function.


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“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 to dilute and filter.”

The NAFDAC DG tasked to fast but with common sense, adding: “I fast but with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, otherwise we will pay with our kidneys.”

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