The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has announced that there increase in the intensity of the harmattan due to dusty weather conditions across the country.
A statement issued by the GMA warned that persons with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions may suffer acute attacks or worsening of their conditions.
In the press statement released on Friday, February 9, the GMA added that the dusty conditions will reduce visibility on the roads, especially at night.
It has therefore advised the public to wear face masks to reduce exposure to dust, limit outdoor activities, especially for children and stay hydrated by drinking water liberally all day.
It further asked persons living with asthma to carry their inhalers and take all prescribed medications.
“People are also predisposed to dehydration due to the increased dryness of the air. Additionally, the dry weather condition is a risk factor for the outbreak of bushfires,” the statement read.
“Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms of respiratory conditions, e.g., cough, painful swallowing, runny nose, chest pain, or difficulty in breathing should report to the nearest health facility immediately.
“Drivers are also advised to avoid over-speeding, especially on dusty roads and at night. The public is advised to avoid burning bushes and activities that lead to bushfires.”
Read the full statement below