Monday, January 23, 2012


During the dry season we experience the Harmattan Winds.  They originate in the Sahara Dessert picking up dust and then depositing  it throughout Sub-Saharan West Africa.  As a result of the dryness and irritation to the respiratory tract the rate of Respiratory infections rise.  Currently 80% of the patients in the medical wards have pneumonia.  Unfortunately pneumonia, coupled with malnutrition and other diseases like HIV, can be a real killer.  Several patients have died the last 2 weeks with pneumonia.  We at least have fewer cases of Malaria with the dry weather.
Harmattan Haze 
Hazy view of Njinikom from Mount Boyo

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