Eat lots of fruits and vegetables – Respiratory therapist advises on how to survive current weather condition


Registered respiratory therapist of the University of Ghana Medical Center, Josephine Osei-Tutu has urged the public to eat a lot of fruits and vegetable during this harmattan season.

According to her, people with asthma and chronic bronchitis, COPOD like eczema should make sure that they follow their treatment regimen diligently.

“If you know that you have certain triggers like dust, colon, mold and all that, you make sure you avoid places that contain such pollutant or triggers. Then you have to make sure that you are eating lot of fruits and vegetables not some foods that you are taking anything to do it with and generally staying well hydrated,’’ she said in an interview on Ghana Tonight with Alfred Ocansey on February 5.

The conversation was necessitated by recent weather condition which is characterized by dust and dryness.

She further cautioned that, “the dust, the pollen, the pollutants, the particulate matter, they irritate the airway, so much so that it can cause a lot of worsening of the condition that is currently existing, so you want to make sure that you avoid it.”

According to Mrs Osei-Tutu, “if you’re supposed to take your medications at a certain time, you take it. If you’re supposed to attend clinic or go for review, you go ahead and do that.”

She also advised that, “if you can avoid going out a lot of the time engaging in a lot of activities that will cause you to be exposed to these triggers, try as much as possible to stay away from them. I think that basically if we do these ones, we would be okay.”

By Eva Boamah