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Ghana Health Service proposes measures to combat harsh weather conditions



The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has reminded the general public about the health implications of the current weather conditions.

In a press release signed by the Director-General dated February 25, the GHS recommended some measures that could help minimize the effect of the harsh weather conditions.

The measures are:

  • Limit outdoor activities especially for children and the elderly.
  • Wear face-masks to reduce exposure to the dust.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water throughout the day.
  • People living with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma should continue to take their prescribed medications.

According to the Health Service, “February has been characterized by very harsh weather conditions of dryness and dust with a high Air Quality Index as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Ghana Meteorological Agency is also reporting of very hot conditions for the coming months of March and April. These adverse weather conditions predispose individuals to several ill health conditions including respiratory illness and meningitis.”

“The Ghana Health Service (GHS) appreciates that, persons with Asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions may suffer acute attack or may experience worsening of their conditions. The increased dryness of the air may predispose persons and individuals to dehydration, especially among children and the elderly,” a portion of the press release reads.

It said, “In the northern part of the country in particular, the dry and hot weather conditions can lead to increased risk of meningitis as evident with the reported cases of meningitis though there are no outbreaks in the country.”

The Ghana Health Service therefor urged “the public to observe these recommendations during this period of harsh weather conditions and report to the nearest health facility when they have difficulty in breathing. It must be noted that, treatment is available for all these conditions including Meningitis and therefore persons with fever and neck stiffness should report immediately to the nearest health facility.”

“The GHS assures the public that it is working diligently to promptly identify and respond to any potential outbreaks during this period of harsh weather conditions and beyond,” the release concluded.

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