The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is strongly appealing to persons with respiratory ailments, such as asthma, sinusitis and other allergies, to take the necessary precautions, as the concentration levels associated with the Saharan Dust are expected to increase over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the coming days.
Models run and managed by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in its role as the Pan American Center for the World Meteorological Organization Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System are predicting a dust episode in which dust concentration amounts are expected to be noticeably high.
According to the CIMH, in the next 1-2 days, it expects that dust and Ambient particulate matter (PM10) concentration levels will increase in northeastern South America. The dust and PM10 concentrations are then expected to increase over Barbados, the Windward and Leeward islands in the next 2-3 days.
In light of this, the Health Ministry is advising persons with asthma and those prone to allergic rhinitis to stay indoors. If at any time you have to be outdoors you are advised to use preventative inhalers and keep your rescue inhalers with you.
The Ministry noted that medical facilities may experience increased numbers of patients with respiratory illnesses, and added that this situation may be exacerbated in territories where the ground surface is dry.