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Friday, April 23, 2021

Parents cautioned as sandstorm sickens thousands of children in Qatar

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Sandy conditions in Doha
Sandy conditions in Doha

As the thermometer drops and windy, dusty conditions persist this weekend, healthcare professionals are advising parents to take care when going outside with their children.

Over the past two days, some 2,600 kids were treated for respiratory-related problems at public hospitals here due to Thursday’s sandstorm, said Dr. Mohamed Al Amri, assistant director of Pediatric Emergency at Hamad Medical Corp.

The Peninsula reports Al Amri as saying parents should cover their children’s mouths and noses while outside, to avoid reducing inhalation of dust particles.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Previously, HMC doctors have also recommended that in weather like this, residents should drive with their windows closed; avoid rubbing their eyes to prevent infections; and carry a supply of water to keep from being dehydrated.

Today, both dusty conditions and rain are in the forecast, according to the Qatar Meteorology Department.

On its website, the MET warned of low visibility due to strong wind and dust.

It forecast a high of 24C (75F) and low of 15C (59F) in Doha, adding that dusty conditions should calm down by tonight.

Has the weather affected your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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muttley
muttley
6 years ago

For the first time in three years both my air purifiers are showing high levels of dust inside the apartment for the last few days!

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago

Better to air on the side of caution

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

The air is terrible, all my cockroaches are acting very lethargic.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

A huge sandstorm is 3-4 hours away from Qatar. Brace yourselves.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Winter is coming

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

Oh wow! 2,600 children!!

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