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MOH Directs Safety Tips to Avert the Dust Storm
11 April 2014
Due to the Ministry of Health’s dedication to maintaining patients' health and safety against the sand storm that hits some of the Kingdom’s regions, the MOH advises all citizens and residents, especially those who have asthma or respiratory diseases, to avoid exposure to dust, stay at home and not leave unless necessary.
 
The Ministry emphasized the importance of wearing protective medical masks when going out during the sand storm. The MOH pointed out that dust particles irritate the respiratory system which causes allergic rhinitis.
 
The MOH has issued a list of health tips that will contribute, Allah willing, to the safety and protection of people against winds and sand storms; such as avoiding direct exposure to dust during sand storms and not leaving home, unless necessary; in addition to following up weather forecasts via TV, Radio or Presidency of Meteorology and Environment website.
 
Moreover, the Ministry stressed the importance of securing doors and windows to prevent dust from entering buildings and houses, taking extra care of personal hygiene during that time of year when winds are more likely to hit, as well as thoroughly wiping dust in houses/buildings, particularly in bedrooms, bed sheets and blankets.
 
In case of emergency, the MOH urged citizens to visit the closest health center or emergency rooms. Also, the MOH notified drivers to securely close windows and run the air conditioner, when necessary, at a proper temperature when driving during sand storms.
 
With the increasing number of respiratory patients, especially asthma patients visiting health facilities’ due to dust storms, the Ministry of Health reiterated that all its health facilities are ready to deal with and handle emergencies, stating that emergency units are working around the clock in regions affected by dust and sand storms, taking all precautions to receive respiratory patients’ emergency cases.



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