Respiratory infections to rise in cold season

Written By: Judith Akolo
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Temperatures in Nairobi and the central highlands for the past three weeks have been low
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The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that as the cold season of June, July to August progresses, cases of respiratory diseases like asthma, pneumonia and common colds may increase.

In the monthly forecast, the Acting Director of Meteorological Services Stella Aura asked the public “to wear appropriate clothing in order to combat such diseases,” and warned the against the use of charcoal stoves or Jikos for warming purposes in houses that lack proper ventilation.

Aura said gasses including carbon monoxide when inhaled are highly fatal, “carbon monoxide causes instant death,” she warned.

The Acting Director noted that poor visibility may result from the expected foggy conditions in the central highlands, especially along Limuru-Naivasha Road and called on motorists to be cautious as they drive the Naivasha to Nairobi highway around Kinungi area.

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“The foggy conditions may also impact on air transport at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, especially during landing and taking off,” warned Aura.

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According to the forecast, a few days may turn out to be extremely cold and chilly with maximum or daytime temperatures falling below 18°C and minimum or night-time temperatures falling below 10°C.

“However, the temperatures are likely to be slightly warmer than average during the month,” said Aura in the statement.

The Highlands East of the Rift Valley; Nyeri, Muranga, Kiambu, Embu, Meru and Nairobi area Dagoretti, Wilson, Eastleigh will experience cool to cold and cloudy or foggy conditions with occasional light rains.

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Aura noted that the slightly enhanced rainfall expected in western Kenya will be beneficial in terms of crop performance. “The light rains expected over the central regions will also be beneficial to farmers whose crops are yet to mature after the cessation of the March-May 2018 “long-rains” season,” she said.

The Highlands West of the Rift Valley including Kitale, Kericho, Nandi, Eldoret, Kakamega, the Lake Basin region of Kisumu, Kisii, Busia, parts of Central Rift Valley; Nakuru, Nyahururu, Aberdares region and parts of Northwestern Kenya of Lokichoggio, Lokitaung are likely to receive near normal rainfall with a tendency to above normal (slightly enhanced rainfall) during the July.

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The Coastal strip of Mombasa, Mtwapa, Kilifi, Lamu, Malindi, Msabaha is expected to receive near average to below-average rainfall.

Northeastern Kenya of Marsabit, Garbatulla, Wajir, Mandera, Moyale, Southeastern Kenya; Machakos, Makindu, Voi and parts of central and south Rift Valley; Narok, Magadi, Kajiado are likely to remain generally sunny and dry throughout the month.

The southeastern areas as well as the central and southern Rift Valley regions that border the central highlands may occasionally experience cool and cloudy conditions.

 

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