At least 2,600 children have been treated for respiratory and asthma problems caused by dust storm and strong winds.
The cases were received at paediatric emergency centres in Al Saad, Airport Area and Al Rayyan, said Dr Mohamed Al Amri, Assistant Director, Paediatric Emergency, Hamad Medical Corporation. Dust storms also pose health hazards such as sinus allergies and respiratory infections, he said.
Dr Al Amri advised parents to take extra care of children during dust storms and weather changes and keep them indoors.
While going out, he said, the nose and mouth of children should be covered to reduce inhalation of dust particles.
He advised treatment if children show symptoms of allergies, like watering of the eyes, cough, wheezing or asthma.
“Precaution is most important, especially with children with asthma and respiratory problems,” he added.
Meanwhile, strong dust wind with poor visibility has been forecast for today by Qatar Meteorology Department.
There are chances of scattered rains at some places in the evening.
Strong winds will bring down the temperature below 20 degrees Celsius in Doha at night and below 10 in other parts of country.
Abdulla Al Mannai, Head, Forecasting and Analysis Section, said the temperature is likely to continue to fall throughout the coming week, hovering over 20-12 degrees, with chances of clouds and scattered rains.
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