Dr. Aaron Tetteh Puplampo, Medical Officer at the Upper East Regional Hospital, has advised residents in the region to “take in more fluids” and do all they can to stay hydrated.
Additionally, residents have been asked to wear nose masks while they are in public.
The advice from the medical officer is so that residents in the region do not contract upper respiratory tract infections, which many have become susceptible to due to prevailing weather conditions.
Dust particles in the air have increased while there has been an intensification of strong, dry, and cold winds blowing across the region. According to the Ghana Meteorological Agency, these winds are from parts of the Sahara Desert.
The Agency has said the conditions would clear up within the next two weeks.
When Dr. Puplampo spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show about the drop in air quality in the region, he disclosed that many who had visited the Upper East Regional Hospital had recently reported cases of URTIs. As such, residents needed to take more precautions.
“At this time, what we recommend is that residents stay hydrated. Take in more fluids. It could be water or fruit juice. They are all very important for hydration,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana