The director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has warned Nigerians against excessive fasting saying it can lead to kidney problems.
Adeyeye stated this yesterday while answering questions from journalists in Abuja.
He also said using substandard, unwholesome products can lead to kidney failure and death.
“We are a very religious country – Muslims and Christians, we fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem. Your body has to have homeostatic balance, meaning the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs function.
“Some people will fast for 20 days or 10 days without drinking even a little bit of water and the kidney is being punished and it can damage your kidney because the kidney does not have water to dilute and filter, that is what some of us do.
“I fast but I fast with common sense. You have to fast with common sense or else you pay with your kidney,” she said.
She also warned against patronising hawkers and corner stores for medicines.
“Do not buy medicines from hawkers, do not buy medicines from corner stores, buy medicines from pharmacies,” she added.