Take Note! Side Effects of Cooking With Firewood

Cooking with firewood is common in Nigeria particularly due to high cost a litre of Kerosene. But the economic reasons for increased use of firewood not withstanding, there are some very dangerous side effects associated with exposure to firewood smoke which people need to take note of. Read this article for the information.

Side Effects of Cooking With Fire Wood

Experts have advised Nigerian women who expose themselves to harmful smoke while cooking to be careful in order not to inhale heavy smoke from such method of cooking.

Experts claim that the smoke generated by firewood exposes women to diseases such as tuberculosis and lung cancer. Once they get sick, these impoverished women cannot afford treatment or medication.

A report on climate change says at least 150,000 Nigerians, men and women, die every year as a result of harmful smoke.

Of this number, women represent the biggest chunk because in Nigeria, women are still exclusively saddled with the responsibility to cook.

With little financial means, these women end up cutting trees to feed their families. Women with some means use kerosene, which also generates carbon monoxide.

Cooking with firewood is not only affecting Nigerian women, it also endangers our planet with the global climate change the world is trying to contain.

We call on Nigerian government, business leaders and the civil society to acknowledge both the threats and opportunities associated with cooking in Nigeria and take prompt action.

We believe that while awareness about the dangers of cooking with firewood or kerosene should be created, alternative cooking methods such as using cooking gas should be made available and affordable to Nigerian women. If the nation’s gas resources could be properly harnessed, it could become cheap for many households to afford.

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Source:( PM News )

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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