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HMC advises public to continue taking proactive measures during recurring dust storms

HMC advises public to continue taking proactive measures during recurring dust storms

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has advised residents to continue to take basic health and safety precautions as dusty and windy conditions have returned to the country.

Despite the new round of windy and dusty conditions, HMC’s Pediatric Emergency Centers (PECs) did not see any significant increase in number of cases related to respiratory diseases among young children due to the sandstorm as compared to previous ones because most schools are currently on spring break, according to Dr. Mohamed Al Amri, Consultant at PEC Al Sadd.

However, Dr. Al Amri advised residents to keep their children indoors and only allow them to go out if it is absolutely necessary, particularly to open places such as public parks, resorts and beaches, and to ensure that doors and windows are securely closed. This is in addition to the use of facemasks as necessary during the current conditions

He further encouraged the use of nebulisers and bronchial dilators directly after the onset of asthma symptoms, adding that for persistent coughs, patient should visit the nearest healthcare center.

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Safety precautions during dusty weather
  • Avoid going outside, especially during high winds or low visibility when the dust levels are particularly harmful. If unavoidable, spend as little time outside as possible, and avoid doing outdoor exercise. Keep your windows and doors closed.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth to reduce inhalation of particles of dust when going out.
  • When driving, keep the car’s windows closed, and opt for air conditioning instead of fresh air.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes in order to prevent eye infection, which is common during this season. Wear protective gear such as airtight goggles. If your eyes become irritated, rinse with water. Be especially careful if you wear contact lenses.
  • During hot weather, always carry a supply of water to keep from being dehydrated.
  • People who are prone to bad allergies should start using their antihistamines during this season, even before the symptoms start.


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