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Ghana Health Service Outlines Precautionary Measures Amid Harsh Weather Conditions

The statement added that normalizing the wearing of face masks to reduce dust exposure, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and ensuring that individuals with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma continue to take their prescribed medications should be of topmost priority.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has recommended to the public measures to adopt in order to mitigate the effects of the extremely harsh weather conditions the country is currently experiencing.

This advice stems from calls from the Ghana Meteorological Agency forecasting very hot conditions for the upcoming months of March and April. For the agency, the weather patterns pose health risks, particularly respiratory illnesses to individuals.

The weather, characterized by dryness, dust, and high temperatures, has prompted the Ghana Health Service, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Dr. Patrick Kuma Abaogye, to advise the public to limit outdoor activities, especially for children and the elderly.

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The statement added that normalizing the wearing of face masks to reduce dust exposure, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and ensuring that individuals with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma continue to take their prescribed medications should be of topmost priority.

The service also advised individuals experiencing symptoms such as fever and neck stiffness to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest health facility.

“We urge the public to observe these recommendations during this period of harsh weather conditions and report to the nearest health facility when they have difficulty breathing,” the statement said.

However, the service reassured the public that it is diligently working to promptly identify and respond to any potential outbreaks during this period and beyond

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