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Environmental Protection Agency Press Release on Current State of Air Quality in Ghana

Dusty weather

Environmental Protection Agency – Ghana is still within the harmattan season and according to the Ghana Meteorological Agency(GMET), satellite images shows a lot of dust raised in the dust source region (Sahara regions).
This dust is being transported by low level strong winds into the country hence the very dry and dusty weather being experienced over the northern, transition zones and part of the south.
This is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the harmattan season and is collaborated by data on particulate level gathered over the period by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Particularly, the levels recorded between 17 and 19 February, 2023 were very high. The pollutant levels (PM2.5) exceeded national limit and World Health Organisation (WHO) interim target 3 values of 35 and 25μg/m3 respectively.
The air quality index recorded at the EPA’s Monitoring Site located at the University of Ghana between February 1-19, 2023 was largely moderate except for February 15-16 when it increased to unhealthy for sensitive groups and then unhealthy to very unhealthy between February 17-19.

High particulate levels may cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat and vulnerable groups such as people with asthma, lung disease, older adults, children and pregnant women are considered at greater risk.
The Environmental Protection Agency wish to entreat the vulnerable groups to reduce outdoor activities where necessary, especially the elderly, children, pregnant women, people with asthma and related allergies and any other persons with underlying health conditions.
Additionally the general public is advised to take all necessary precautionary measures such as:
• The use of pollution mask (nose masks, goggles for eye protection) or use air purifiers if available
• reduce outdoor activities including physical exercise
• Desist from open burning of waste and other materials

The public is hereby informed that the Agency will continue to collaborate with relevant institutions, GHS, GMA, DVLA and GSA and monitor the situation for updates on our website and social media handles.

Source: epa.gov.gh

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