The Executive Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr Alphonsus Chukwutem Ojo has stressed the need for Deltans to be conscious of the harmattan weather as it comes with some health issues.
Dr Ojo in a statement in Asaba raised concern over the effects of harmattan on humans, stating that the weather comes with Cold, Haze and Dryness amongst others.
He also disclosed that harmattan period predisposes to many types of Diseases, especially Respiratory Tract Diseases, including Pneumonia, Common cold, Bronchitis and Nose bleeding.
Dr Ojo, a one time Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Health, explained further that harmattan weather also aggravates Asthmatic Attack and Sickle Cell Crisis.
The Executive Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Primary Health Care, therefore called for appropriate measures to check the effects, advising strongly that clothes should be worn always to prevent these diseases.
Dr Ojo also admonished the people to ensure that the chest region, feet and hands are covered in the mornings, evenings and nights especially in children.
He said wearing nose mask in hazy days as well as keeping menthol balm, appropriate sprays and inhalers handy were necessary during although the period of harmattan, even as he advised against careless use of fire to prevent fire outbreak which can lead to loss of lives and properties.
Dr Alphonsus Ojo enjoined the people to stay healthy as health is wealth, emphasizing that prevention is better and cheaper than cure.
The Executive Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Primary Health Care, wished Deltans merry Christmas and happy new year in advance.