SCARY: One Health Issue Bad Roads In Lagos Could Give You
A growing means of transportation in Nigeria is the Auto Rickshaw, popularly called Keke.
In the north, south, east and west, you could find them running through the streets, manoeuvring through traffic and taking people fast to their destinations.
Since states banned the use of motorcycles (Okada) within them, these tricycles have taken over, with some riders graduating from Okada to Keke.
While the ride takes you fast to the office or home, there are a few things you should know about it.
Few months ago, in a leaked audio, with an alleged voice of the former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, the man who is now the Minister of Transportation said Lagos State had no roads.
The sorry state of roads within Agage area of Lagos and Abule Egba is something that gives credence to the statement of the Minister.
The construction of the Agege bridge, which the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had said would finish in December of 2018, is still on two months after the deadline and work is still less than 60% completed.
Construction works in Pen Cinema area have destroyed almost all the roads in Agege, with potholes at different points.
Heavy duty vehicles, which ply the route, have been forced to adopt other routes not built for such trucks.
The bridge construction had slowed down since the Governor lost a bid to return for a second term, but that is not even the issue.
The pain that people who ply these roads are exposed to is something of concern.
Most users of the road had adopted going to work in Keke which, for them, was fast.
There is, however, an issue with this means of transportation that should be on concern to users.
One thing that people who use this means of transportation go through is the whole-body vibration.
This vibration occurs because of the bad nature of the roads.
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They are not smooth and there are potholes here and there, but the sad part is that the riders do not give attention to how they pass through these bad planes.
The Canadian Centre For Occupational Health And Safety says this whole-body vibration can cause fatigue, stomach problems, headache, loss of balance and "shakiness" shortly after or during exposure.
"The symptoms are similar to those that many people experience after a long car or boat trip.
"After daily exposure over a number of years, whole-body vibration can affect the entire body and result in a number of health disorders.
"Studies of bus and truck drivers found that occupational exposure to whole-body vibration could have contributed to a number of circulatory, bowel, respiratory, muscular and back disorders.
"The combined effects of body posture, postural fatigue, dietary habits and whole-body vibration are the possible causes for these disorders.
"Many studies have reported decreased performance in workers exposed to whole-body vibration," the centre wrote.
This translates to chances that persons who use Keke and get this whole-body vibration are exposed to this danger.
It emphasises the need for the government to give attention to road constructions and ensure that the roads are smooth enough to reduce vibration associated with using a Keke.
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