Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Healthy Ministry urges Jamaicans to reduce dust exposure

A man wearing a protective face mask to prevent virus infection. (Photo: iStock)

A man wearing a protective face mask to prevent virus infection. (Photo: iStock)

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging members of the public to guard against the effects of the Saharan dust, which is expected to affect the island starting Monday through to Thursday.

Excess exposure to the dust particles can have severe health effects, including increased risk of respiratory and related illness, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and respiratory infection and allergies, the ministry said, adding that skin and eye irritation can also be experienced as well as there is an increased risk of water borne illness.

The ministry said members of the public and especially persons who are already experiencing or are prone to respiratory illnesses, should exercise great care, by observing the following precautions:

- Staying indoors as much as possible

- Wearing face masks

- Wearing long sleeve clothing and protect eyes

- Washing hands regularly and avoid touching of eyes

- Ensuring water that is harvested is treated

- Covering water used for domestic purposes including drinking and food preparation.

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