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Outpatients Number increased Due to Bad Weather
02 May 2011
The number of outpatients at Ministry of Health hospitals in Riyadh increased by 40% during the past 24 hours due to the bad weather.  Most of the additional outpatients were suffering from asthma and other respiratory complaints.
 Ministry of Health recommend citizens and residents, especially people with pre-existing breathing-related problems such as asthma, to follow health precautions during dust storms, such as avoiding direct exposure to dust storms and curtailing outdoor activities as much as possible, and following up on weather forecasts through TV, radio or the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PMW) website. Keep windows and doors closed, giving more attention to personal hygiene and building\house cleaning during this time of year. Bedrooms in particular, including sheets and mattresses, should be cleaned thoroughly to reduce exposure to dust particles. 
Furthermore, the Ministry recommended visiting the nearest health center or ER when needed. Drivers should also close widows and switch on air conditioning to help filter the outside air if needed.
HE Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Rabeeah, has directed all health affairs directorates in areas affected by the dust storm to take all needed precautions for the health and safety of citizens and residents. The Ministry also recommends using protective masks when going outside, since dust particles irritate the respiratory system causing nasal allergies.
People with respiratory conditions, or those who have had recent surgery on the eyes or nose, must stay indoors as much as possible, follow doctors’ directions and use all prescribed medications to avoid the negative impact of dust storms on their health.
Moreover, the Ministry confirmed that all of the Ministry's 24-hour health facilities and hospitals are ready to receive emergency cases in areas affected by the dust storm, especially Middle and Eastern Regions. Such hospitals are taking all necessary precautions to help the increasing number of patients with respiratory diseases, especially those with asthma.

Last Update : 02 May 2011 04:24 PM
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