The Senate has said that only the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in vehicles, offices and homes could save Nigerians from the hazardous effect of the poisonous gas.
This followed a motion moved by Sen. Gbolahan Dada (Ogun West) at plenary on Wednesday.
The senator noted that security was not the only threat facing the country as carbon monoxide emitted from motor vehicles, factories, houses and others also posed a serious threat.
He said that carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous because has no smell, taste or sound, making it difficult for a person inhaling it to detect.
The senator explained that if the upper legislative arm did not act, Nigerians would lose their lives to health conditions called by carbon monoxide that could easily be avoided.
Sen. Dada said, ”The deadly carbon monoxide is a bye-product of combustion through gas fires, oil burning furnaces, portable generators, charcoal grills, etc.
”The Senate is disturbed that in Nigeria, a high fatality figure of carbon monoxide
poisoning is recorded while globally, 86,353 people died from unintentional poisonings worldwide in 2015 with 78,054 about 50 per cent of deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.
”Also, a report by Global Burden of Disease 2005 shows that in the United States, between 1999 and 2000, a total of 5,149 deaths occurred from carbon monoxide poisoning.”
In a resolution, the Senate urged the Ministries of Labour and Information as well as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to embark on sensitisation campaigns to enlighten Nigerians on the need to install the detectors.