Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Health authorities in The Gambia have issued a public alert following days of widespread dust in many parts of the country, including the capital Banjul.

In a statement, the health ministry warned that prolonged exposure to dust could lead to chronic breathing and lung problems.

“The finer particles of the airborne dust may penetrate the lower respiratory tract and enter the bloodstream, where they can affect all internal organs and be responsible for cardiovascular disorders such as stroke,” the statement added.

The public has been advised to stay indoors as much as possible, while those who would like to go outside their homes were urged to wear masks and glasses.

People have also been asked to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

Motorists are warned to be cautious on the road due to limited visibility.

Dust storms are frequent in the country during dry seasons.

By Joy

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