By Theophania Dzadza, GNA
Accra, Dec. 30, GNA – Harmattan season is usually a dry and dusty period associated with low humidity and the resultant dry weather condition has led to many experiencing various health challenges.
West Africa experiences two main seasons- the raining and the dry- and there is no season of the year that comes without affecting the lives of people positively or negatively.
Respondents in a situational survey organised by the Ghana News Agency were, however, of the view that the negative effects of the harmattan season seem to outweigh its benefits.
Mr Benjamin Mensah, a student of Takoradi Polytechnic, said the weather change often leads to a rise in diseases as well.
“This is not my first time experiencing harmattan so know how to deal with the weather change. But the hazy weather is as a result of the dusty environment which can trigger asthma, cold, coughs, catarrh and influenza,’’ he said.
Madam Belinda, a trader at Burma Camp, said with the onset of the harmattan, we need to be prepared and avoid allowing our body to dry.
She said there is the need to properly store and handle inflammable substances during this period to avoid fire outbreaks.
Mr Joshua Quaye, a worker at Tigo office, said the harmattan could also be seen in a positive light, as it has aided in drying up clothes as this occurs sometimes within minutes after washing.
I don’t usually sweat much during drying season, he said, “the sun will be up, the weather will be dry and harsh but interestingly, I don’t sweat’’.
Aunty Akweley, a shea butter vendor at Tema Station, said sales have increased rapidly during the period.
She expressed optimism that business will continue to flourish during and after the season.