Abuja - National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has embarked on an awareness campaign to enhance the safety of members of the public during the Harmattan season.
The campaign has started on the agency’s Facebook account, where NEMA warned the season was not friendly to people living with asthma, among other ailments.
As such, the agency advised asthma patients should pay close attention to their health by taking measure to avoid dusty places and having an inhaler with them all the time.
“It is also advisable for sickle cell anemia patients to imbibe healthy food intake, keep warm all the time and be vigilant in order to prevent crises,” NEMA stated.
It advised members of the public to keep their skin healthy during the imminent period.
It said this could be done by applying oily creams and putting on weather friendly clothes especially for the young and extremely old.
NEMA said food and fruits should be properly washed before eating to prevent food borne diseases.
Other tips to ensure proper protection in the period are covering of nose when sweeping the home and compound, avoiding excessive sneezing and catarrh by covering noses with a handkerchief in dusty areas and avoiding burning of charcoal in the home.
The agency also advised the public not to argue or panic when an airline cancels or pushes forward flights as was a likely occurrence during this season.
It also advised the public to wear sunglasses.
The Harmattan sets in at the end of November and ends in March.
The season is associated with cold mornings and scorching heat in the day.
Heavy winds cause severe damage to crops and trees.
– CAJ News