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GMA calls on public to wear nose masks

February 16, 2024
GMA calls on public to wear nose masks

The (GMA) has issued a call for Ghanaians to resume wearing nose masks to mitigate their exposure to dust, given the heightened harmattan weather conditions.

In a statement signed by Dr. Frank Serebour, President of the GMA, and reported by the , the public was advised to prioritize hydration by consuming ample water throughout the day.

“The increased dust and general dry weather conditions have seriously affected human health, possibly leading to increased respiratory conditions,” the statement emphasized. “People with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions may suffer acute attacks or worsening conditions.”

The GMA recommended that individuals with asthmatic conditions should always carry their inhalers and adhere to prescribed medications to manage their health effectively.

Furthermore, the statement urged anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of respiratory conditions, such as coughing, painful swallowing, runny nose, chest pain, or difficulty in breathing, to promptly seek medical attention at the nearest health facility.

In addition to individual precautions, the GMA called on drivers to avoid over-speeding, particularly on dusty roads and during nighttime. It also appealed to the public to refrain from bush burning or engaging in activities that could trigger bushfires.

Contractors were urged to ensure that roads under construction are adequately watered to minimize dust pollution and safeguard public health.

The GMA's advisory underscores the importance of proactive measures to safeguard against respiratory ailments exacerbated by the adverse weather conditions, emphasizing collective responsibility in maintaining public health and safety amidst the challenges posed by the harmattan season.

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