‘LITTLE WINTER’ IS HERE, KEEP ME WARM
By Constance Ndeleko
This year Kenya has been experiencing an unusual type of weather pattern, where we’ve at least been having rains also most for the better part of the past five months. Well this has brought about tragedies, calamities which have led to enormous destruction in our nation like in Solai mass deaths, destruction of property like the seismic faults line that cracked up the grounds in Narok, Mai-Mahiu which forced people to vacate their homes, outbreak of illnesses like cholera in Lamu that made people isolated and sleep in hospitals, floods all over the country that destroyed millions of properties. All this has led to displacement and some people are still rendered homeless, some children lost, dead and some left as orphans or with single family.
Well said, protection is better than cure and I suppose that it is upon us all to ensure that we are protected, secured and covered up in warm clothes or shelters during this ‘little winter’ season in Kenya where the weather has been too cold for our normalcy.
With these colossal weather changes that we are not used to I know it might be a little daring to sleep in during the morning preparation as the children head to school but lets us all wake up with them to ensure that they are warm, in that they might be a bit difficult with the early rise and the fights to put on sweaters and stockings in the morning.
The government has given out caution on the weather changes:
The June-July-August (JJA) Season-The March-April-May 2018 seasonal rainfall has ceased over most parts of the country
But it is expected in the following regions to receive a fall in temperature; western, coastal, Nairobi Central Rift valley and Southern will have cooler than average temperatures therefore, likely to experience long periods of cool/cold and cloudy conditions with occasional morning light rains/drizzles.
However, with the Sporadic changes it is set to have impact on the socio-economic sector where it is anticipated in places like Nairobi, Central highlands, and parts of the Highlands west of the Rift Valley (Kericho, Eldoret and Kitale), cases of respiratory diseases like asthma, pneumonia and common colds (flu) are expected to be on the upsurge.
Poor visibility resulting from foggy conditions is likely to a pose danger to motorists and pedestrians(children) along the Nairobi-Naivasha road, especially along the Kikuyu-Kinungi stretch. On chilly days, people should avoid lighting jikos in poorly ventilated houses with all the windows closed. Burning charcoal produces a poisonous carbon monoxide gas that kills is inhaled in substantial quantities.
With the above report by the government we should take utmost caution and care to ensure that our children are safe and warmer this season regardless of the place they are to minimize any chances of accidents, sickness or exposure to health hazard situations. Let us fight for good health of our children and avoid these homa’s that come up with the cold
We have to ensure that our children are warm enough for this weather, put them in tights/stockings, leg warmers, sweaters jackets, socks, Marvin’s and hoods to keep them going in this harsh cold situations we’re having. Zip them up for a better health.