Varying concentrations of Saharan dust will continue to affect the Caribbean region, including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines over the next few days.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment wishes to advise the general public that particles contained within the Saharan dust haze could cause the following health effects:
- a dry cough
- sore throat
- itchy, watery eyes
- runny nose
High concentrations of the Saharan dust may severely affect persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, and persons with pre-existing heart disease. The elderly and children are also vulnerable at this time. Persons with respiratory issues and allergies are asked keep with them at all times any and all medications, including asthma inhalers, in case of emergency. Persons should limit their exposure to the Saharan dust by staying indoors when possible or wearing a dust mask if they must go outdoors.
Affected persons should seek medical attention at their nearest health care center if they experience severe symptoms as a result of increasing levels of Saharan dust.
SOURCE: Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment