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Air quality in Accra ranked ‘Very Unhealthy’; the worst worldwide

Air quality in Accra ranked ‘Very Unhealthy’; the worst worldwide

Accra has been ranked as the worst major city in the world as regards air quality.

Together with Lahore, Pakistan, Ghana’s capital city is ranked in the ‘Very Unhealthy’ category.

With 212 US AQI, Accra is some 90 points shy of the ‘Hazardous’ air quality category, the worst on the scale.

The past couple of days has seen hazy conditions in the capital city.

Many have attributed it to the intensity of the Harmattan season.

However, the weather is turning out to be one of pollution.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) says the “dryness and decreased visibility”, which constitute dust lifted from Chad, Sudan and Niger, “may take some time to clear”.

These conditions are expected to persist at varying intensities over the next few days.

However, it is expected that there will be a relaxation in the intensity during the week and consequently,” a statement signed by the Acting Director-General of GMeT, Eric Asuman, said.

The general public has, therefore, been advised to keep hydrated, follow fire safety precautions, cover foods and water to prevent dust from settling on them, wash fruits thoroughly before taking them and wearing nose masks to reduce the effect on people allergic to dust.


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